Islamabad: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday paid tributes to militant commander Burhan Wani, saying his death "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in the Valley.
Sharif in a message on the first death anniversary of Wani's killing said that India cannot suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir through use of brute force.
Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces on 8 July in 2016.
"The blood rendered by Burhan Muzaffar Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement. The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion," he said.
Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan's political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
He also emphasised the need for implementing the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir and asked India to accept their right of self-determination of Kashmiris.
Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also praised the militant commander.
"Sacrifices of #BurhanWani & generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve," Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor quoted General Bajwa as saying
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 8, 2017
Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 21:28 PM