Exiled Kashmiri leader and spokesperson of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) Nasir Aziz Khan has alleged that Pakistan waged a proxy war in Kashmir since 1998 and had been using the religious sentiment of the Kashmiri people, adding that slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was also part of that war.
“Kashmiris are pro-peace and peace loving people and they believe in peace and harmony. If we look into history, 4000-6000 years ago, Kashmiris whether they were Hindus and Muslims, they were living with peace and harmony. But unfortunately since 1998, Pakistan has started a proxy war in Kashmir, are using the religious sentiment of the Kashmiri people and Mr. Burhan Wani was also part of that movement – I mean the proxy war of Pakistan,” Khan said on Sunday.
Stating that terrorist have similar fate worldwide as that of Wani, he said, “If we see in the whole world, terrorists are treated and eliminated by the same way, whether they are in Syria, the US, the UK, and Spain or in Pakistan. If a terrorist attacks any government building, civilians or law enforcement agencies, they are killed by the same way.”
Pointing out that in state relations there is no elder or younger brother and every state has its own interest whether it is Pakistan or any other country, Khan said, “We should keep in mind that Pakistan is using religion as a weapon and they are exploiting the religious sentiment of the Kashmiri youth. And, Burhan was also issuing statements that he is going to attack law enforcement agencies ‘army and police’ in Kashmir.”
Khan also warned the Kashmiri people, saying one thing we should keep in mind that Pakistan has no love with Kashmiris.
He called upon them to join hands with the secular democratic forces of Kashmir because, according to him, that is the only way through which they can achieve freedom and their rights.