Pakistan on Sunday condemned what it termed the ‘extra-judicial’ killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani by forces. Two other members of Wani’s group were also killed in the gun battle.
“The extra-judicial killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and scores of other innocent Kashmiris is deplorable and condemnable,” Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.
The FO spokesman added that “such acts are a violation of the fundamental human rights of Kashmiris and can not deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand for the realisation of the right to self determination.”
In his early 20s, Wani, had become the iconic face of militancy in Kashmir over the last five years. The son of a school headmaster, he regularly posted video messages online dressed in military fatigues and invited young men to join the movement against Indian rule.
So far 16 civilians have died in firing by forces in south Kashmir on Saturday and Sunday.