Burhan Wani – a modern-day symbol of resistance in Indian occupied Kashmir

Citizens of the Indian occupied Kashmir are observing complete shutdown today (Wednesday) to mark the 4th martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani – Kashmiri youth leader, and his 2 associates, who were martyred by Indian troops on this day in 2016.

On the fourth martyrdom anniversary, Veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani and the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has been given Call for the strike.

Burhan Wani, commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was martyred along with two associates by the Indian troops in a fake encounter in Kokernag area on July 8 in 2016.

His martyrdom had triggered a sustained wave of violent protests that claimed the lives of at least 100 civilians.

Mass public rallies and demonstrations have been organized to pay tribute to Wani in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The APHC said that the 8th of July would be observed as Youm–e-Istiqlal (Freedom Day) to reiterate the Kashmiris’ resolve that they would continue their struggle for right to self-determination through thick and thin.

 A youth organization Warseen-e-Shuhada through its posters called for a march towards Tral, the hometown of Buran Muzaffar Wani, on his martyrdom anniversary.