'Badmash'Sharif: Burhan Wani symbol of Kashmiri intifada, Pak PM tells UN

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday glorified Hizbul militant Burhan Wani in his speech at the UN General Assembly. As directed by his defacto boss, Army chief Raheel Sharif, Pakistan PM once again raked up the Kashmir issue, accusing India of being in "illegal occupation" of Jammu and Kashmir, and demanded a plebiscite and an independent inquiry into the deaths in the current unrest. Sharif  termed  Burhan Wani, (whose killing on July 8sparked off the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley) as a "young leader" and the symbol of the Kashmiri unrest. "Burhan Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces has emerged as a latest symbol of the Kashmiri intifada (uprising) of a popular and peaceful freedom movement," said Sharif. Pakistan had observed a black day to protest Wani's killing by Indian security forces and termed him a martyr -- an issue that has led to further worsening of bilateral ties. Extending his support to the "struggle of Kashmiri people", Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that peace and normalcy cannot be achieved between India and Pakistan without resolving the Kashmir issue. "The UN Security Council has called for the exercise of the right to self-determination by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite held under UN auspices," Sharif said during the general debate of the 71st session of General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Calling the ongoing crisis of Kashmir as a legitimate struggle of people, Sharif said: "Pakistan fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people."  Sharif said, "On behalf of the Kashmiri people and Pakistani nation I demand an independent inquiry into the extra judicial killings and a UN fact-finding mission to investigate brutalities perpetrated by the Indian forces," adding that he had with him the dossier on "India's human rights abuses". The dossier will be soon given to UN Secretary General, Sharif said. Sharif said the "indigenous uprising" in Kashmir has been met with "brutal repression by Indian soldiers" and would "only fortify the determination of Kashmiris to fight for their rights"."Pakistan fully supports self-determination of Kashmiris' legitimate demand," he said. He said the UN Security Council should ensure implementation of resolutions on Kashmir. "Pakistan fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people. Their struggle is the legitimate one for liberation from alien occupation", he added. Sharif  also tried to play a victim card. Pointing out that Pakistan itself has been a major victim of terrorism, the Pakistani premier said that his country carried out the largest anti-terror operation Zarb-e-azb, of the world, dedicating 200,000 security personnel to fight home grown terrorist outfits. IANS