India slams Pakistan for ‘glorifying’ Burhan Wani, supporting terror
Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces in south Kashmir on July 8, 2016. His death triggered months of violent street protests in Kashmir that left 100 people, most of them civilians, dead.india Updated: Jul 09, 2017 22:31 IST
India on Sunday said Pakistan’s support for terrorism should be condemned by all and criticised the neighbouring country’s army chief for glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on his first death anniversary.
Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces in south Kashmir on July 8, 2016. His death triggered months of violent street protests in Kashmir that left 100 people, most of them civilians, dead.
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted on Sunday:
First @ForeignOfficePk read frm banned LeT's script. Now Pak COAS glorfs Burhan Wani. Pak's terror suprt&spnsr'p need 2b condmnd by 1 & all— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) July 9, 2017
He was referring to Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa’s remarks that Wani’s sacrifice was a “testimony” of his and his generation’s “resolve” against “Indian atrocities”.
“Sacrifices of #BurhanWani & generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve,” Pakistan army spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had on Saturday quoted Gen Bajwa as saying on Twitter.
Not just Bajwa, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, too, paid tributes to Wani, saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom” in the Kashmir Valley.
Sharif’s eulogy came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused his country of using terror as a tool to achieve political objectives and pressed for “deterrent” action by against such nations.
Addressing the G20 summit in Hamburg, Modi equated Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad to Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, saying their names might be different but their ideology was the same.
The US has declared Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist. The announcement came just hours ahead of Modi’s meeting with American President Donald Trump on June 26.
Pakistan dismissed the tagging, saying it was not a UN decision but a move by the Trump administration to “appease” India.
Salahuddin called for Hafta-e-Shuhuda (martyrs’ week), beginning July 7, to commemorate Wani.
Ties between the two countries have been in a free fall following a series of militant attacks in 2016, including the audacious Pathankot airbase siege and an attack on an Uri army camp that left 19 soldiers dead, which India blamed on Pakistan.
The death sentence awarded to an Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying has only worsened the situation. India has taken the matter to International Court of Justice, which has put the death sentence on hold.
First Published: Jul 09, 2017 15:36 IST