PULWAMA: The two local militants killed in Tral were buried in their ancestral graveyards in the villages of Amirabad and Rakhe-Lajoora in Pulwama district amid pro-freedom, anti-India and Islamic slogans on Sunday. Thousands of people, among them many women and children, participated in the funeral prayers of the militants. Dozens of Pakistan flags were raised during the funeral of Mukhtar Ahmad Lone in Amirabad village in Tral area.
Despite heavy rains at Tral in the morning, thousands of mourners attended the funeral prayers of Mukhtar and those who didn’t reach on time offered the prayers near the graveyard.
Mukhtar, according to friends and relatives, was popularly called “Umar Mukhtar” after the famous Libyan resistance leader Umar Mukhtar.
At least three rounds of funeral prayers for Mukhtar aka Bita Molvi, a Jaish-e-Muhammad militant, were offered at the Shah-i-Hamdan ground at his ancestral village of Amirabad.
Women were seen showering candies and flowers from windows and rooftops of their houses when the body of Mukhtar was carried to the local martyrs’ graveyard. “He was brave, caring, enthusiastic, and would offer five-time prayers,” said a relative.
Before joining militant ranks, Mukhtar was running a readymade garments shop. Mukhtar, son of Muhammad Akram Lone, had joined militant ranks on June 15 this year, according to his relatives and friends. He had studied till matric.
Parvaiz Ahmad Mir, the other slain militant, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at Rakhe-Lajoora village of district Pulwama. His relatives told Kashmir Reader that Parvaiz’s family lives in Pahoo village in a rented house for the past eight years. Parvaiz has joined rebel ranks on June 18 this year.
At least three rounds of funeral prayers were offered for slain Parvaiz at Pahoo and once at Rakhe-Lajoora.
When relatives and locals were carrying the body of Parvaiz from Pahoo to Lajoora, militants came to offer gun salute to their mate. Locals identified one of the militants as Arif Ahmad of Lelhar village of the area.
Both the slain militants were regarded as “category B” militants of Jaish-i-Muhammad militant outfit.
A complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama, Tral and adjacent villages against the killing of the three militants in Satoora forests of Tral on Saturday.