National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah slammed former cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Friday for the latter’s remarks on Mannan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who was killed on Thursday.

In a tweet posted on Friday, the former Jammu-Kashmir CM said that the cricketer’s knowledge of Kashmir is equivalent to his lack of knowledge of cricket.

“This man wouldn’t be able to find Manan’s home district on a map much less his village & yet he presumes to know what drives young men in Kashmir to pick up the gun,” he said.

“Mr Gambhir clearly knows less about Kashmir than I do about cricket & I know almost nothing,” added Abdullah.

 

The former Jammu-Kashmir Chief Minister was referring to a tweet by Gambhir in which he said that Abdullah, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Congress and the BJP should “bow their heads in embarrassment” because “they left a young man to embrace the bullet”.

“Mannan Wani’s death: We killed a terrorist and lost a radicalised talent. @OmarAbdullah @MehboobaMufti @INCIndia @BJP4India all should bow their heads in embarrassment that they left a young man drift from books to embrace bullet,” he wrote.

 

Mannan Wani, a PhD scholar of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who left studies to join Hizbul, was killed on Thursday by security forces in Kupwara.

On Friday, clashes broke out in some pockets of the district after the news of Wani’s death spread. According to reports, internet service was snapped and all educational institutions closed in the Kupwara district as precautionary measure.

Wani was studying Applied Geology at AMU from where he went missing some time ago. A photograph of him holding an assault rifle appeared on social media a few days after he went missing.

Described as a brilliant student by his friends and family members, Wani had reportedly won the first prize at an international conference in Bhopal in 2016.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday, said that Wani’s death is “our loss”.

“Today a PhD scholar chose death over life & was killed in an encounter. His death is entirely our loss as we are losing young educated boys everyday,” she wrote.

 

 

“It is high time that all the political parties in the country realise the gravity of this situation and try to facilitate  a solution through dialogue with all the stake holders including Pakistan to end this bloodshed,” she added.