New Kashmir narrates tales of dead militants: Park for ‘martyr’ Burhan?

JAMMU: Shaheed Burhaan Public Park, Wager, Budgam, Kmr-the green, bottle green and white coloured huge sign-board on the gates of a green belt in a village of Budgam tells the tale of Kashmir.

Moreso, it reflects worse kind of apathy of Jammu and Kashmir Police that keeps claiming, day in and day out, to be front runner in the war against terrorism. Is it so? The presence of sign board at a public place betrays all such claims. These claims patently appear to be hollow, fake and exaggerated. If the police is really so involved in fighting scourge of terrorism, how come terror-signs keep mocking at one-lakh strong force in the State?

The youth of  south Kashmir’s Pulwama district are quite adamant for the installation of ‘martyrs’ memorial board’ at “martyrs’ graveyard” at several town squares and it has created an unrest in the area.

Glorification of militants in valley is no new trend. From walls of school to cricket tornaments, the ghost of Burhan Wani never seems to leave valley.

In April last year a cricket tournament in the name of Burhan Wani was held in Kashmir.

Burhan Lions, Aabid Khan Qalandars and Khalid Aryans. These three local cricket teams, played in a tournament that concluded Sunday in Tral, share more than just a love for the sport — they are all named after alleged militants.

The tournament, one of the organisers said, was held in the memory of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, brother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Khalid was killed by the Army last year when he had gone to meet his brother in the forests of Pulwama, a militant stronghold. The Army had called Khalid a militant and said he died in an encounter.

The two-month-long tournament — the first of its kind in Tral, in the heart of a restive south Kashmir — saw participation from 16 teams from the town and surrounding areas. Of the 16, at least three had names inspired by militant commanders. Other teams drew inspiration from the IPL and the recently launched Pakistan Super League for names.

Burhan, the inspiration behind Burhan Lions, is known in the area as a cricket-loving boy next door and the son of a local headmaster who left home to join the Hizbul Mujahideen in 2010. He is now the most famous face of militancy in Kashmir.

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