The ruling People’s Democratic Party leader Mushtaq Ahmad Shah said the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was a martyr and not a terrorist.
“People loved him because of his great and pious character,” said Shah, a PDP legislator from South Kashmir constituency of Tral, Burhan’s hometown. “Being the resident of Tral myself, I know how much people loved and respected him. People’s mourning over his death is justified”.
Shah went further and heaped praise on Burhan for resuscitating a dying Azadi struggle. “Death of Burhan has given a new lease of life to the separatist ideology,” he said. “Kashmir issue was on backburner but Burhan gave this issue a new life and now every political party or people affiliated with civil society or any other organizations are advocating its solution”.
The PDP legislator, however, admitted that he hadn’t been able to visit the constituency since Burhan’s killing on July 8. “I am unable to visit the town in wake of current crisis,” he said. “There has been some damage due to the cloudburst in the constituency. So I appeal to the administration to provide all kinds of assistance to the people affected.”
Shah blamed the rival National Conference (NC) for the existing state of affairs. “The harvest that our government is reaping in this season was sown by National Conference during their rule. Everybody knows how National Conference tortured youth, lodged them in police cells and inflicted miseries upon the common people,” he said.
“The anti-youth policies pursued by NC were bound to give birth to people like Burhan Wani. PDP has no ill-will or grudge about Burhan or his family or people who mourn his death”.