ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said India can not subdue the call for freedom by using force in India-occupied Kashmir.
He also said the struggle for freedom in Kashmir is indigenous and not supported by any outside power.
“Burhan Wani is the start of a new chapter in Kashmir’s struggle for freedom,” said the prime minister.
He added that Wani’s blood had provided hope to the people of the occupied valley.
“India’s occupation of Kashmir is not accepted by the people of the valley,” said the premier, and added that India should learn from history.
Burhan Wani’s martyrdom has triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the held valley. More than 100 innocent Kashmiris have been killed and thousands of others injured in Indian occupied Kashmir.
In different parts of Kashmir valley, rallies were organised while prayers were also held to mark the first death anniversary of Wani.
Leaders who have been either confined to their houses or jailed have called for protests starting Saturday to mark Wani’s martyrdom.
Moreover, all roads leading to Wani’s hometown in Tral area of south Kashmir were blocked ahead of the anniversary. Besides, authorities seized thousands of motorbikes to prevent people from travelling between villages in the area.
Clashes broke out when protesters tried to reach the family home. Wani’s home was raided by the police and residents were harassed.
Telecom service providers have been asked to shut down mobile internet in Kashmir for an indefinite period.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily