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Burhan Wani's father, emerging as leader in valley

Father of slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani offered his daughter for the protest movement

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 7 2016 1:52PM | Updated Date: Aug 7 2016 5:13PM

Burhan Wani's father, emerging as leader in valley

Muzaffar Wani, father of Burhan Wanii led a procession in Pampore and people literally walk in to hear him. He is emerging a leader of the protest movement in the Valley, overshadowing the separatist voices like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz.


According to the TOI report, Muzaffar Wani led a procession in Khrew, Pampore where thousands of people turned up to hear him, ignoring a call by the Hurriyat factions to march to Hazratbal in Srinagar.


The umbrella separatist group, which includes Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had given a call for 'Dargah chalo' on Friday. However, the response was thin. In contrast, thousands from south Kashmir defied curfew, imposed in the entire Valley, to reach Khrew in Pampore. 


Wani was escorted by several armed militants and arrived in a Bolero, according to eyewitnesses. He told protesters that he was ready to offer his only daughter for the fight against ‘Indian occupation’ after "sacrificing" his two sons.


Burhan Wani's brother Khalid was also killed in cross-firing between militants and security forces in a forest in Tral in 2010.


One of the militants who accompanied Wani also addressed the gathering at Khrew and asked protesters not to pelt stones at security forces and private cars. He said this would lead to police action and more killings.


Though Hurriyat leaders were not associated with the Khrew protest, but sensing the mood of people from south Kashmir there, Geelani's supporters later played out his address through a mobile phone.