Clashes mark Wani's death anniversary amid security lockdown in Valley

Curfew has also been imposed in Tral town of Pulwama district, the native town of Wani, who was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district past year.

Paying homage to Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani at his first death anniversary, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Wani's martyrdom had exposed the Indian propaganda about foreign interference and proved that the freedom "movement in held Kashmir is indigenous".

Over 21,000 security personnel deployed for yatra duty were today deployed for law and order duty in south Kashmir and other parts of the Valley, a police official said.

Security forces on several occasions have said protesters and militants use messaging platforms to bring crowds together.

The state has directed internet service providers to completely stop their services - both mobile and broadband - in Kashmir from 10 pm on Friday till further orders. Call for the strike has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

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One of the 12 dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists of the Burhan Wani group, Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Kachroo who joined the group in 2006 and is the district commander of Kulgam, is believed to be behind the recruitment drive.

Earlier, the Pakistan-based United Jihad Council had issued an elaborate "protest calendar" to commemorate the first death anniversary of Burhan with protests and rallies being planned across the Valley.

Shops and business establishments opened despite the day being Sunday while private and public transport services also resumed.

Shelling by Pakistani forces claimed the lives of two civilians on India's side of the frontier and wounded two others, the Indian army's defense spokesman said. "(Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta)", Soz was quoted as saying by ANI.

Burhan's killing, which sparked violnet unrest across the Valley, spawned a "new-age militancy" with young, educated Kashmiris joining terror outfits. The focus was shifted to North Kashmir and people like me pumped military forces there, and this created a situation for the youth in South Kashmir to take up arms."Mr. Soz said activists need to stop being "stone-pelters" and "misguided youth", and their political voices must be heard".

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