Khalistan affiliate holds high Burhan Wani

Wednesday, 27 December 2017
SRINAGAR (Indian Occupied Kashmir): Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the martyred poster boy of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), has been adopted by Sikh separatist groups, as is also apparent in the sale of a magazine with him on the cover describing him as “hero of freedom of Kashmir” at Shaheedi Jor Mela of Fatehgarh Sahib in Amritsar, Kashmir media service (KMS) revealed on Tuesday.

According to detail, a total of one million are expected to congregate, today, at the mela, held annually to commemorate the killing of Sahibzada Baba Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Baba Fateh Singh, the young sons of the 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh.

The magazine was being sold in a big stall manned by supporters of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), amidst other separatist material including books, car stickers, badges on Khalistani warriors including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

Called ‘vangaar’ (challenge), the pro-Khalistan magazine ran a cover story in its August 2016 issue on Wani describing him as the “hero of freedom of Kashmir”. The issue came out a month after he was martyred by Indian troops in July 2016, and was being sold 18 months later at the Jor Mela for a mere Rs 30.

Apart from two articles on Wani, the 42-pages issue of the magazine also carries a special message on ‘azadi’ from Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination cases and now lodged in Tihar jail.

The two articles on Wani have been written by Gajinder Singh of Dal Khalsa and the pro-Khalistani writer, Baljeet Singh Khalsa.

Swaranjeet Singh, a resident of Ferozepur village who had bought a copy, said there is “nothing wrong in reading about anyone who had fought for any freedom struggle”. “I had heard about Wani in news; I do not know who has written about him or who is selling it, I came here and the material appealed to me and I bought a copy, I will read it completely,” he concluded.