The tensed relations between India and Pakistan have been known to the entire world. A major reason for this is attributed to state sponsored acts of terrorism and violence from across the border. The ongoing war between Pakistan-sponsored terrorists of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and the Indian Security Forces (SF) has intensified further with cases emerging of inhumane killings of J&K policemen. As compared to previous four years, cross-border infiltration bids by jihadists from Pakistan continue and civilian casualties in Kashmir from terrorist violence have been the highest in 2017.
Slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani also played a major role in escalating terrorist activities in the Valley as he played quite an active role in the recruitment of local youth for carrying out terrorist activities. Wani was killed in an encounter by the Indian security forces on July 8, 2016.
There was a massive unrest in the valley on the day following the killing of Burhan Wani. The Center had to send as many as 1200 paramilitary personnel to Kashmir to control the mob post Wani’s death. As per reports, as many as 30,000 people turned up at his funeral.
Moreover, in social media there were many who were divided in their opinion over his killing. While few hailed him as a ‘hero,’ many condemned him as a terrorist.
Pakistan, on the other hand, has made several attempts to glorify Burhan Wani as a martyr. Days after his death, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared him as a ‘martyr’. In August 2016, India’s neighbouring country also put up Wani’s posters on the walls of ‘Azadi Express’ train.
It has been about two years that Wani was killed but it looks like Pakistan hasn’t still forgotten him and has found a new way to glorify him. Pakistan has now released a series of commemorative postal stamps of Burhan Wani and referred to him as a freedom fighter in those stamps.
Priced at Rs 8 each, the stamps were issued on Kashmir Martyrs Day on July 12 and were made available online on several websites. Twenty such stamps were released, commemorating Wani and other slain terrorists. Burhan Wani’s stamp bears the caption- Burhan Wani (1994-2016) freedom icon.