The father of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, who met the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at his ashram in Bengaluru, discussed the situation in the Valley with the spiritual guru.
Muzaffar Wani who met the spiritual leader last week, also said he was in the city for diabetes treatment. He said he chose to stay in the ashram instead of the hospital as he “feared for his safety’’.
In a statement to the media, Muzaffar Wani said he discussed the situation in the Valley with the spiritual guru.
“Sri Sri Ravi Shankar asked me to suggest something for restoration of peace in Kashmir. Just in my individual capacity I advised him to impress upon the central government to initiate a multilateral dialogue with Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference and the representatives of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladhakh regions of Jammu and Kashmir. I also made it clear that current phase of struggle is non-violent and not part of armed struggle”, he said.
Wani said he also asked Sri Sri to use his influence in finding a solution to the Kashmir problem.
“Sri Sri asked me what the people of Kashmir wanted. I asked him to visit the Valley to find out for himself,” he said, reports PTI.
Wani, a school headmaster in Kashmir, said he also told Sri Sri that the national media was not portraying the real picture of Kashmir before the people of India.
He said there should be an unconditional dialogue with the separatists to find a lasting solution to Kashmir problem, reports PTI.
“Hurriyat is the leadership of Kashmir and there should be an unconditional dialogue ... the precondition of ‘within the ambit of Indian Constitution’ will not lead to a solution,” said Wani.
Burhan’s father had gone to Bengaluru on Thursday for “treatment” of a health-related issue and returned home on Saturday.
“I had gone for treatment to Sri Sri Rama (Ayurvedic) hospital Bengaluru as I had sought an appointment with the hospital three months back but could not go there in the holy month of Ramadan. I was scheduled to go to the hospital for treatment but could not go there after the death of my son Burhan Wani. I preferred to spend time in ashram than in a hospital just for security reasons,’’ he was quoted by KNS, a local news agency.
Wani also claimed that some locals even accused Sri Sri of giving shelter to the “father of a terrorist”.
The killing of his son Burhan Wani sparked off violence in Kashmir that has left 70 people dead and thousands others injured as the unrest entered its 51st day on Sunday. His other son was killed in an encounter between army and militants sometime earlier.
Muzaffar Wani, the father of Burhan Wani was in the ashram for the last 2 days. We discussed several issues. pic.twitter.com/IDyyxJSG83— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) August 27, 2016
A photograph of Wani with the Sri Sri, posted by the latter on Twitter, has gone viral on social networking sites.
“Muzaffar Wani, the father of Burhan Wani was in the ashram for the last 2 days. We discussed several issues,” Sri Sri had tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)