Tral South Kashmir: According to eye witness accounts, thousands of Kashmiri people gathered on the funeral of Burhan Muzzafar Wani, a young and influential commander of the indigenous armed resistance movement against India’s illegal and forceful occupation of the Muslim majority region. The Indian media hailed his killing as a ‘major victory’ and nominated him as a ‘terrorist’, the scenes on his funeral though are adequate to dispel those notions as the people of Kashmir clearly disagree, to them he was a hero who died fighting for a righteous cause of freedom from the Indian occupation.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a local teacher in Tral told Times of Islamabad that “Wani was a nightmare for the Indian forces”, he was very active on Social Media and used online sources to make his case for resisting the Indian state’s forceful occupation of the Muslim majority region since 1948. He further told our correspondent that the local residents emerged in large numbers to bid farewell to their young son who they believe paid with his life to make a case for the freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian occupation. Times of Islamabad was told that after the Hindu nationalist BJP Govt lead by Narendra Modi swept to power in New Delhi, the Indian forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir are carrying out regular ‘encounters’ to kill Kashmiri Muslim youth which they believe are a threat to the Indian occupation.
Eye witnesses told Times of Islamabad that Wani’s family wrapped his dead body in Pakistani flag during his funeral and he was also buried with it. The local residents of Tral believe that the killing of Burhan Wani will rejuvenate the armed resistance. “The Geneva convention gives us the right to fight for our right to have the self determination as we are an internationally recognized disputed territory under the United Nation’s resolutions on which India has signed” we were told by a family member of Burhan Wani . He stated that the World community is turning a nelson’s eye towards Indian state terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in order to do business with India . “We will fight our own battles, there will be a Burhan Wani coming out of every Kashmiri house because the World watches on as Kashmir bleeds at the hands of Indian govt” he told us.