Slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani features among Pakistan’s “national heroes” on a special train running across the country .
The ‘Azadi Train’ began its journey from Margala railway station in Islamabad on August 12, when it was flagged off by minister of state for information Marriyum Aurangzeb, to mark Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day and create awareness about national heroes.
“The train, which according to state-run APP news agency consists of five art galleries “illustrated with pictures of people who sacrificed their lives during the independence movement”, has so far visited Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore. The train stops at the station in these cities so that people can visit the galleries,” Hindustan Times reported.
The sacrifices of Pakistan’s armed forces and “Indian aggression in Indian-held Kashmir” have been displayed in the picture galleries, the paper said.
Photos published in the Pakistani media show that at least one coach is dedicated to depicting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. This coach is emblazoned with the slogan “Save Kashmir” and features a larger-than-life image of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed by forces last year.
Pakistan’s civil and military leadership, including former premier Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa, have referred to Wani as a leader of the “freedom movement” in Kashmir.
The Azadi Train is scheduled to conclude its journey in the port city of Karachi on August 25 .