8th July 2016 has become a milestone in the history of the freedom movement of Kashmir. The martyrdom of 21 years old Burhan Vani and his companions has taken this movement into a new and decisive period. I think it is a historical turn. It should be understood completely. It is the need of the hour that comprehensive, concrete and effective policies should be made in the light of the deep understanding and realistic opportunities of the future. We should definitely pay a rich tribute to Burhan. But the real thing is to understand the present circumstances. We should concentrate on the measures that can be taken for the protection, progress and completion of this movement. If we want to pay a tribute to the martyrs, we should struggle to promote their movement. Pakistani nation, its political and military leadership, whole Muslim Umma and the lovers of freedom should care for it.

The month of July was important for two reasons regarding Kashmir issue for the previous 85 years. The historical struggle of the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir against Dogra Raj started on 13 July, 1931. All the Muslims of the sub-continent supported it. The political destination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was settled with the affiliation with Pakistan resolution of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference on July 19, 1947. Muslim Conference won 16 seats in the elections of Kashmir in 1947 and got the position of spokesperson of the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir.

From July 1931 to July 2016, the freedom movement has been passing through great ups and downs in different periods. But the martyrdom of Vani and his companions on July 8, has disclosed the futility of Indian policy on Kashmir. India is using force mercilessly to restrain the freedom movement, the severe reaction and passions of the Kashmiri Muslims. More than 60 people have been martyred and 3500 persons are injured. The curfew is imposed constantly. Life has come to a standstill. All popular sources of information, like newspapers, internet and phone are disconnected. In spite of that public enthusiasm is remarkable and the slogan of freedom is as popular as it was emerged after the martyrdom of young Mujahidin. The Indian media, scholars, institutions that have influence on policies and international powers that were ignoring the freedom movement of Kashmir ruthlessly, they are slightly moved. They are compelled to say, “What is happening? Should we review the policies that were acted upon to face this situation?”

The place where Burhan Vani was martyred has become a place of pilgrimage for everyone. A reporter of Aljazeera TV reached Bamdoor a little village, the birth place of Vani and Taral where he was buried, after five days of his martyrdom. His personal remarks and the opinion of the people that was broadcast in the programme of July 15, are quite helpful in understanding the ground realities. The report is present on the website of the TV and it has long duration. Few extracts are given below.

The journey of becoming a Mujahid, inviting others for the mission and his last journey has been described in this way. In 2010, Vani lifted the gun. He was only 15 years old then. But neither had he concealed his identification nor did he adopt any title. He posted his pictures and videos to Facebook and social media. He made an appeal to the young generation of Kashmir. The concept of armed resistance was embedded in the minds of the people. Vani became popular among the public. Two lac people offered his last prayer (Namaz-e-Janaza) in the Saturday morning in Taral. When he was buried, people had led a revolt against the Indian Government.

It has been expressed in detail in other reports that his Namaz-e-Janaza was offered 40 times in Taral and the number of the people that participated in the prayer was 6 lac approximately. Similarly, there was a large number of people in the prayer offered in Srinagar. No important place was left, where his prayer have not been offered. Same was the case in the foreign countries. The reporter of Aljazeera visited the whole area including hospitals, where injured were being treated. He summarised the whole circumstances that are being faced by the Kashmiri Muslims. He stated their feelings, passions and intentions clearly. It is necessary that these aspects should be kept in mind for understanding different stages of the movement and to keep it on the right track. A 79 year old woman told her autobiography in the hospital in these words. She said, “The local policemen tortured her in her house near Gorevan. They came to arrest her younger son, that was a well-known protester. Her right leg was swollen and was injured from ankle to the knee. Her left leg had 13 stitches on it.” She said that they beat her without caring that she was old and ill. She also said that one of them forced her to lay on floor and sat on my chest. Her grandson Mohammad Asif said that policemen beat him with a wooden stick. They beat all the women present at home. Another 15 years old grandson said that they undressed his 12 year old sister, and now the young boys wants kill those policemen who have committed this shameful act. When police arrest such well-known protesters, then the signs of revolt can be seen. It is for the first time that the world is becoming aware of the conditions in which Kashmiris are leading their life for 85 years. We can see a new determination to face the difficulties in the minds and hearts of the people. Now they are fearless and confident.

Indian and western media have adopted the policy of ignorance or black out on Kashmir. Probably, it is for the first time that we see few things in Indian and western media. Kashmiris are responding to Indian cruelty with a fearless resistance. The role of the youths, which is the 60% of the total population, is most important in this struggle. There is hatred for Indian rule and local government and other elements sponsored by India. There is a need to re-consider the circumstances in the light of these changes. It has become necessary to take measures for the situation in Kashmir in Pakistan, India, Islamic world and on international fronts.