A top Pakistani diplomat has claimed that the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani marked a turning point for Kashmir which has been gripped by violent protests ever since the news of the encounter spread in the Valley.

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the protests in Kashmir were an “indigenous youth-led movement” caused by India’s “misguided efforts”.

Talking at the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ event on 5th February, Aziz said, “This brutality, which has continued unabated in the past 7 months, has not however dampened the resolve of Kashmiri youth to secure their right of self-determination.”

The advisor to the Prime Minister also claimed that Indian forces had committed atrocities in Kashmir.

“The whole world now acknowledges that this is an indigenous youth-led movement which has become stronger because of the Indian government’s misguided efforts to change the demographic composition of the state and its insensitivity to the rights of minority communities in India,” he said.