SRINAGAR: Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday claimed that slain militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani spoke to him on phone days before the government forces shot him dead.
“Few days before his martyrdom, Shaheed Burhan Wani spoke to me over phone and said to me that he is very happy on talking to me and also said that it was his long pending desire,” Geelani said. The separatist was addressing a gathering of over three hundred people who assembled in an open field adjacent to his office-cum-residence in Hyderpora suburb of uptown Srinagar.
Geelani said the “sacred blood” of the Hizbul commander had added a new life to the ongoing freedom struggle of Kashmir. “It was his sincerity and piousness which forced the people of the state to come out on the roads against India,” he said.
“Both his life as well as his martyrdom has shaken the Indian power houses,” said Geelani.
According to Geelani, Burhan told him that the militant group was trying its best to help the freedom struggle and that he had full faith in Geelani that he would also “leave no stone unturned at attain the goal of freedom for the Kashmiri nation.”
“[Shaheed Burhan] was very young, very intelligent and matured Mujahid Commander whose sincerity exposed the Indian claims in Kashmir,” Geelani added.
Government forces claimed to have killed Burhan Wani in a gunfight on July 8 in South Kashmir’s Kokernag region. The militant commander was buried at a martyrs’ graveyard in Tral town of Pulwama district where at least a hundred thousand sympathisers attended his funeral prayer. Burhan’s killed triggered widespread protests and clashes across Kashmir valley leading to death of at least 50 civilians and two policemen since July 9.
2015 Kashmir Despatch