On 8th July 2016, Burhan, along with his two associates, was martyred by the Indian forces in south Kashmir. Burhan, a commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and the poster boy of Kashmir’s freedom struggle, was a popular freedom fighter in the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) because of his social media outreach. His death resulted in the beginning of a new uprising against Indian forces in the IHK. In order to contain the new uprising, the Indian forces resorted to firing on innocent civilians, killing more than 60 and wounding over 5,500. Analysts believe that Burhan’s martyrdom will inspire more people to join the armed rebellion and will spur the renewed Kashmir freedom movement. The international community has expressed concerns over the killings of civilians and urged all parties to resolve the Kashmir issue through peaceful means. It is important for India to give a chance to the Kashmiri people to decide their future. The numerous UNSC resolutions have called for holding a free and impartial plebiscite so that people of J&K can decide about their future. The CSCR has produced a research brief to inform its readers about the overall situation of the IHK in the post-Burhan era.
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