Burhan Wani was a Kashmiri militant group 'Hizbul Mujahideen''s commander. He gained relevance through social media when he mobilized the younger and technologically savvy generation about the image of militancy in Kashmir. He was killed by Indian security forces on 8th July 2016 in Kokernag which sparked protests and unrest in the region. Pakistani actor Moammar Rana played a Kashmiri freedom fighter in the film Azaadi and appeared in the Nadeem Baig film in 2018. The film also starred Sonya Hussayn and the film was directed by Pervez Malik.
Recently it was announced by Ayub Khoso that he would be making a biopic on Burhan Wani and televangelist and ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's controversial politician would be playing the role of the slain Kashmiri commander. On Pakistani channnel Samaa TV, Khosa announced that he would be making "a clean and issue-based movie on the Kashmir cause."
He further added, "The production shouldn't be one which shows a Kashmiri fighter and shows him romancing and him singing songs and his lover prancing around him."
Aamir Liauqat confirmed the news saying, “The film is on Burhan Wani... I am playing the role of Burhan Wani."
Adding to the announcement, Liaquat said, "Burhan Wani is a hero of the Kashmiri nation."
Some sections of social media in Pakistan were not happy with the news.
Ayub Khosa, WHAT IS THIS BEHAVIOR??? pic.twitter.com/hI7LqdRdO9— Maida Farid (@maidaFarid_) April 28, 2019
Worst thing that happened to @PTIofficial was @AamirLiaquat.— Habba (@Habbakhatoon) April 28, 2019
Worst thing that can happen to Pakistan's role in freedom movement of #Kashmir is, @AamirLiaquat playing role of Shaheed Burhan Wani in a movie.
I literally have no words to express my disappointment and anger. https://t.co/we7f3mpMoH— Marium Zia Khan (@MariumZiaKhan) April 27, 2019
Burhan Wani was just 21yr old FFS!— Bano (@BanoBee) April 26, 2019
Can anyone find Ayub Khoso and tell him that his film is going to begin with biggest flaw of age relevance? https://t.co/lqzTzesg1R
Aamir Liaquat has been a controversial figure in the past. He has also had a leaked video in which he was seen using abusive language. He has also made plenty of off-color jokes in the past which gave rise to the dissatisfaction among the group of commentators who found out that Aamir Liaquat is playing the role of Burhan Wani.