National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed concern that parts of Kashmir Valley could be tense in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death.
“If this is confirmed its big news & will also mean some tense days in parts of the valley,” he tweeted after the news of the killing came in.
“Aftr many yrs I hear slogans for “Azadi” resonate from the mosque in my uptown Srinagar locality. Kashmir’s disaffected got a new icon y’day. Mark my words – Burhan’s ability to recruit in to militancy from the grave will far outstrip anything he could have done on social media,” Omar said in a series of tweets.
Wani, 22, was killed in a joint operation of the Indian Army and the state police in Kokernag in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, army officials said. He was among the most wanted militants in Jammu and Kashmir.