Burhan Wani's death a turning point for Kashmir: Sartaz Aziz

Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing was a "turning point" for Kashmir, Pakistan's top diplomat said in Islamabad on Saturday.

Burhan Wani

Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing was a "turning point" for Kashmir, Pakistan's top diplomat said in Islamabad on Saturday.

Pakistan prime minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz also claimed that the ensuing violence in the Kashmir Valley is an "indigenous youth-led movement" triggered by India's "misguided efforts" to change the state's demography.

Aziz claimed that the violence following the killing of Wani on July 8 by Indian security forces led to several deaths and many people were blinded either completely or partially.


“This brutality, which has continued unabated in the past 7 months, has not however dampened the resolve of Kashmiri youth to secure their right of self-determination," Aziz said, according to a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.

Another important factor, Aziz claimed, after Wani’s death was the “total rejection of the Indian narrative by the international community” that Kashmir was an integral part of India.

Following the death of Wani, Kashmir witnessed protests and chaos last year. The situation normalised towards the end of last year.

Aziz also said: “The whole world now acknowledges that this is an indigenous youth-led movement which has become stronger because of the Indian government’s misguided efforts to change the demographic composition of the state and its insensitivity to the rights of minority communities in India.”

He said several countries have debated this issue and human rights organisations in Europe and North America have been mobilising public support to “force” India to resume dialogue with Pakistan to find an acceptable “solution to the longstanding dispute, still on the UN agenda.”