Iranian university mourns Burhan Wani
Recently, Al-Mustafa University in Mashad organised a congregational mourning to pay tribute to Wani
If one thought only Pakistan was interested in the popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani whose death on July 8 tipped Jammu and Kashmir into turmoil, think again. The slain Wani is now famous in Iran too.
Recently, Al-Mustafa University in Mashad organised a congregational mourning to pay tribute to Wani. Wani’s posters and the information on him was pasted on the notice board of the university. And these posters have gone viral on social media in Kashmir.
The posters have a picture of Wani with a Kalashnikov in hand leaning against a Deodar in the forest. In another, he wears a green bandanna with Kalima scrawled on it.
This is the first time that a Kashmiri militant has been publicly mourned in a country other than Pakistan.
"From Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Turkey to Iran, from Pakistan to England to Germany to America, from anywhere to everywhere, your blood caused an adrenalin rush,” wrote Malik Farooq on his Facebook account. "From Kashmir Reader to Guardian, from Huffington Post to New York Times, from Democracy Now to Press TV, from Twitter to Facebook, from Wikipedia to Google, from trending to the most talked, your presence ruled every bit and byte”.
Earlier, Pakistan, ahead of its Independence Day, had put up Burhan Wani's posters on the walls of its Azadi Express train. The train travelled from Peshawar to Karachi on August 14, Pakistan's independence day.
Photos of the train with the posters were shared by a Twitter account, @sageelani, which is the handle of separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.
Nearly a 100 people were killed and several hundred blinded in protests after Wani's killing onJuly 8.