Geneva / Islamabad, July 08 (KMS): The United Nations has made Burhan Wani part of the first-ever official UN report on the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The release of this report coincides with Wani’s second death anniversary on July 8 and vindicates the young Kashmiri activist despite attempts to paint him as a militant and tarnish his legacy, said a Kashmir advocacy group in an official statement.

Grandly compared to freedom leaders like George Washington, 22-year-old Wani is now a symbol for Kashmir freedom movement and has forced Kashmir conflict back on the top international agenda after years of obscurity.

“It is time now for historians, journalists and politicians to restore the actual identity of Burhan Wani. I urge the Government of India to correct its policy, respect Wani’s legacy, and stop the annual practice of pressuring media outlets in India and in Kashmir to stop marking his anniversary,” said Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director of YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir), in a statement.

Many Indian political activists say the Indian army arrested and executed Wani on the spot without trial because of lack of any incriminating evidence against him. Kavita Krishnan, a senior official of All-India People Welfare Association, has written that Wani’s “encounter was an extrajudicial killing,” and that “Kashmiris have a legitimate case for self-determination.”

Vikram Chandra, a popular television personality in India, has questioned the official India narrative that Wani was a militant. “There was so much hype around Burhan Wani on social media,” Chandra wrote in a tweet. “Not sure how many attacks he led, though.”

UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein mentions Burhan Wani in the first-ever Kashmir report released by the United Nations in June 2018.

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