Shopian gunbattle: Thousands attend funeral of slain militants amid shutdown


Pulwama: A shutdown was observed Friday in parts of Budgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts over the killing of five militants in Shopian on Thursday.
The five militants including a Pakistani national were killed in an eight hour gun fight with government forces in the forests of Keller. The slain were identified as Mohammad Toyab, Shakeel Ahmad Wani, Ishfaq Ahmad, Parvez Ahmad and Tariq Ahmad.
Reports said a complete shutdown was observed in Pakharpora, Kamrazpora and Dalwan areas of Budgam, and Keller, Shadimarg, Chtragam and Shirmal areas of Shopian and Pulwama districts.
All shops and other business establishments remained shut in these areas while traffic was off the roads.
Meanwhile, the slain gunmen were buried in their native villages while the Pakistani national was laid to rest in Pakharpora amid pro-freedom and anti-India protests.
Thousands of people participated in Nimaz-e-Jinaza of the deceased, reports said.
Meanwhile, several pro-freedom leaders paid tributes to the slain militants.
Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani while paying tributes to the slain militants said “the struggle for freedom would continue till the last Indian solider leaves Kashmir.”
Geelani urged the people to “safeguard the sacrifices offered by the martyrs”. “We need to take care of these sacrifices and refrain from activities that are detrimental for the interest of ongoing movement,” he said while addressing people in Shopian over phone .
Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir leader and chairman Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah Friday paid tributes to militants and offered condolences with the families of these militants,
“We are indebted to their sacrifices and we’ll continue to struggle to achieve that mission for which these martyrs laid down their lives,” he said in a statement.
Shah said Kashmiris “are proud that for the freedom cause, people from every section are playing their role.” “The participation of highly educated persons in resistance movement nullifies the propaganda of India that only few people are associated with freedom struggle, that too for material gains. This fact is crystal clear that every section of society has played and is playing its role with regards to freedom movement.”
He said one of the militants Master Shakeel, had “chosen the path of resistance despite being highly-qualified. He has set an example for us.”
Paying tributes to the slain militants, a Hurriyat conference (M) spokesman said that “such priceless sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste and the mission of martyrs would be taken forward at all costs.”
In a statement, a party spokesman said that a high level delegation led by senior leaders Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Javaid Ahmad Mir visited Shopian and offered their condolences to the families of deceased militants.