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Pak PM Sharif glorifies terrorist Burhan Wani at UNGA

Updated: Sep 22, 2016 00:43 IST

New York [USA], Sept. 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the slain Hijbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was a young leader and has become the face of the Kashmiri movement.

"Burhan Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces, has emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement, led by Kashmiris," said Sharif while addressing the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Prime Minister, who earlier declared Wani a 'martyr' post his death even as India branded him a terrorist, said Islamabad fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination as promised to them by several Security Council resolutions and urged the United Nations to intervene and assist in solving the Kashmir dispute.

"The Security Council has called for the exercise of the right to self- determination by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite held under the UN auspices. The Security Council must honour its commitments by implementing its own decisions," he said.

He further demanded an independent inquiry and a UN fact finding mission to investigate the situation in Kashmir.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani (22) was killed by the Indian security forces in an encounter on July 8. He was prolific on social media and used the same to reach out to the youth while spreading the message of jihad.

His killing triggered massive protests in Kashmir that injured several civilians as well as security personnel. (ANI)