United Nations Report over Kashmiri hero Burhan Wani on his martyrdom anniversary rattles India

United Nations Report over Kashmiri hero Burhan Wani on his martyrdom anniversary rattles India
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ISLAMABAD – The United Nations has made Kashmiri hero Burhan Wani part of the first-ever official UN report on the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir .

The UN report vindicates the young Kashmiri activist despite Indian attempts to paint him as a militant and tarnish his legacy.

The release of this report coincides with Wanis second death anniversary on July 8, said a Kashmir advocacy group in an official statement.

Grandly compared to freedom leaders like George Washington and Gandhi, 22- year-old Wani is now a symbol for Kashmir freedom movement and has forced Kashmir conflict back on the top international agenda after years of obscurity.

Wani was killed on July 8, 2016, in what many human rights defenders see as an extrajudicial killing.

The government of India insists he is a terrorist and uses two pictures of Wani in military fatigues to prove its case. But there is no evidence Wani ever participated in any armed attack anywhere.

Many Indian political activists say the Indian army arrested and executed Wani on the spot without trial because of lack of any incriminating evidence against him.

Days after Wani’s murder, an Indian magazine complained that Media and intellectuals sympathize with terrorist Wani, underlining the widespread impression that India killed a social media activist and wrongly dubbed him a militant commander.

Wani’s elder brother was physically assaulted by Indian soldiers at an army checkpoint in Kashmir and killed later.

New stories about Wani s childhood suggest he wanted to grow up and join the Indian army. But when he became an adult, he discovered the army was occupying his land and killing his people.

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