Photos of Burhan Wani Displayed

SRINAGAR: Posters carrying the photographs of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Burhan Wani, who is increasingly becoming a youth icon in Kashmir, were displayed alongside Pakistani and ISIS flags again on Friday near Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of masked youth amid pro-freedom slogans waved ISIS, Pakistani green flags and the posters carrying the photograph of Burhan Wani. This is not the first time when ISIS and Pakistani flags were raised in the old city. The waving of ISIS and Pakistani flags has become a routine affair outside the Jamia Masjid on Fridays. But it was for the first time that poster boy of new generation militancy Burhan Wani’s photographs appeared there. 

Pertinently, Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, militant outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb chief Commander Syed Salahuddin in the past had criticized ISIS and had asked youth not to wave its flags.

When contacted, a police official said that the youth behind waving ISIS and Pakistani flags have already been identified and soon they will be arrested. 

Earlier groups of youth clashed with government forces after Friday prayers concluded at the mosque. The clashes later spread to Rajouri Kadal and Kawdara and continued for a few hours.

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