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India slams Pakistan for glorifying Burhan Wani

Reported by: India TV News Desk New Delhi 09 Jul 2017, 20:45:12 IST
India TV News Desk

India on Sunday slammed Pakistan for glorifying militant commander Burhan Wani, saying Islamabad's terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by 'one and all'. Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and their army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa were among those who paid tribute to the Hizbul Mujahideen militant. 

In a strongly worded tweet, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Gopal Baglay said, " First @ForeignOfficePk (Pak's Ministry of Foreign Affairs) read from banned LeT's script. Now Pak COAS (Pakistan army chief) glorifies Burhan Wani. Pak's terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by one and all." 

Baglay's comments came a day after Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa praised Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces last year. 

"Kashmiris have right of self determination. Sacrifices of BurhanWani and generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve," a tweet by Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, said quoting Bajwa. 

Wani was responsible for several attacks against security personnel in Kashmir. 

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday paid tributes to Wani, saying his death "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in the Kashmir Valley.

Sharif in a message on the first anniversary of Wani's death said that India cannot suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir through brute force. 

"The blood rendered by Burhan Muzaffar Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement. The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion," Sharif said.