Security stepped up across J&K ahead of Burhan Wani's first death anniversary

Joy Montgomery
July 10, 2017

On Twitter, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay hit back at Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for glorifying Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces on July 8 previous year in an encounter Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Government forces threw tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing protesters in Indian Kashmir on Saturday, as the volatile Himalayan region marked the anniversary of a hugely popular rebel leader s death.

Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh expressed resentment over the implementation of GST in J&K and stated that Mehbooba Mufti regime had become an agent of RSS whose live example was implementation of GST in the territory.

Police and other security forces have intensified area domination to prevent assembly of people at Wani's ancestral village in Tral area.

Pakistan said two of its civilians had been killed in firing from the Indian side, one of them a 22-year-old woman.

While, the Pakistani media appear with glorifying stories of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who lead the team of terrorists to create problems among the Kashmiri people. His death triggered months of violent street protests in Kashmir that left 100 people, a lot of them civilians, dead.

Syed Salahuddin supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen speaks at a rally in Muzaffarabad Pakistan

Official sources said that the government had given the go-ahead to the security agencies to take "legitimate action" against those Indian nationals who were working for Pakistan, including calling them formally for questioning.

"Police have already detained hundreds of workers of separatist organizations and seized more than 500 bikes to thwart any attempt by the Hurriyat to mobilize people on July 8", they said.

The two nuclear-armed rivals have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, which both claim in its entirety, since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) IHK Munir Ahmad Khan in an order directed lease line Internet service providers to block all social media sites via lease lines from 10:00pm on Thursday night.

Burhan's killing, which sparked violnet unrest across the Valley, spawned a "new-age militancy" with young, educated Kashmiris joining terror outfits.

In the capital Srinagar, tensions are palpable with almost all shops, educational institutions and business establishments shut while the movement of vehicular movement is minimal.

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