by Umar Khurshid
Srinagar: Pakistan on Friday released the teaser of an animated movie titled ‘Burhan, the Son of Kashmir’ commemorating slain Hizib Commander Burhan Wani who was killed last year on July 8 in an encounter.Rana Abrar, a top Lollywood director has directed the movie featuring animated Burhan Wani as the protagonist.The link to the teaser was shared on social networking site Twitter through a page named after movie’s title.
This is not the first time that Pakistan has picked Burhan for attracting attention towards Kashmir.
In 2016, on the eve of Pakistans 70th Independence Day, state-run railways ran a special train named ‘Aazadi Train’ with a picture of Burhan Wani on its outer walls.
“Azadi Train” began its journey from Margala railway station in Islamabad on August 12. It was flagged off by the minister of state for information Marriyum Aurangzeb.
The train, which consisted of five art galleries stopped at many stations for visitors interesting in knowing things about Kashmir.
The train had a particular coach emblazoned with the slogans “Save Kashmir save humanity” and “Courageous Kashmiri’s we are with you” and featured a larger-than-life image of Burhan Wani.
Later that year, a song directed, composed and sung by a Pakistani Rap singer Raja became popular among Kashmiri youth. The song has gained two million views on YouTube.
Burhan became popular after he started posting his pictures on social media. He was killed in an encounter with the army on July 8, 2016.
Following his killing protests erupted across Kashmir leaving over hundred people dead and over a thousand with pellet injuries. His death brought Kashmir to a stand-still for nearly six months, making it longest cycle of protests-curfew-killings.
Later, the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief mentioned him in his speech to UN General Assembly forgetting even the top Hurriyat leaders.