Every day is July 8 for me: Burhan’s father

“Every day is July 8 and April 13 for me,” said Mohammad Muzaffar Wani, father of slain militant commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani while remembering his son, whose second death anniversary is being observed on Sunday.
“July 8 (Burhan’s death anniversary) or April 13 (Khalid Muzaffar’s death anniversary) are normal days for them. This day, off course, is a special day for freedom movement of Kashmir as it carries a message to people of Kashmir,” Wani told Rising Kashmir at his Tral residence.
Burhan alongwith two of his associates was killed in an encounter with forces at Bamdoora area in Anantnag district on July 8, 2016 while Burhan’s brother Khalid was killed by forces in Tral forest on April 13, 2015.
Muzaffar Wani said since last two years it has been a habit for all his households to sit together in a room and talk about his two sons, Burhan and Khalid.
“By evening all of us spent around 15 to 30 minutes talking about Khalid and Burhan. During this time, we look at their photographs and also listen to songs eulogizing their martyrdom,” he said.
Wani said they talk about different things, all of which can’t be put into public domain. “We talk about Burhan as a seriously introvert person, who always used to sit calm and silent.”
Talking about Khalid and Burhan, he said, gives the family solace and all of them make it sure that they go to bed only after participating in the discussion.
“On some days when we receive our relatives as guests, the discussion goes longer than usual,” he said.
Recalling some movements of Burhan’s student life, Wani said his son used to avoid his taunts for concentrating on studies by making good jokes, which would make all of them to burst into laughter.
“When I used to enquire from Burhan as to why he didn’t complete memorizing a particular lesson, he would take it lightly and reply ‘Dady, Gareebi Chae,” he said.
Wani, who was principal at a government school, said he doesn’t want to talk about politics of Kashmir issue as he has no mandate to do so.
“There is political leadership — the Hurriyat conference —and they have the mandate to talk on political issues. I can talk about Kashmir just like an ordinary Kashmiri,” he said adding, “ “It is my wish that India and Pakistan seek to resolve the long pending Kashmir issue by involving leadership of Kashmir”.