SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom camp on Tuesday paid tributes to the militants slain in Pampore gunfight with the government forces, even as it also hailed the people for “boosting the morale” of militants during the encounter.
A spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference (G), in a statement issued here, said the level of affection shown by the people was amazing.
“This proved that Kashmiri brave-hearts have nothing to do with terrorism and they are sacrificing their precious lives for the dignity and freedom of their nation.”
He said there was a difference between terrorist and freedom fighters, as the former kills the common people while latter gives up his life for the people.
The spokesperson said human life, irrespective of religion, ideology or community, is highly respectable in Islam and its protection has been termed as priority. “But the state of Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing worst kind of bloodshed on daily basis for which India is directly responsible.”
“Kashmiri youths’ armed struggle is a natural reaction of the forced occupation (sic). Had India not snatched the freedom rights of Kashmiris forcibly, our youths wouldn’t have agreed to sacrifice their lives,” he said.
He said not giving bodies of militants to the people for the last rites was a “clear violation of human rights, moral values and (it) negates the international war laws”.
“It is the culture of brave people but the Indian forces don’t know this.”
A Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) spokesperson, in a statement issued here, while paying tributes to the Pampore militants, said: “The martyrs are the great warriors of our freedom movement. We salute their bravery from the bottom of our heart.”
The spokesperson also hailed the people of Pampore for “boosting the morale of mujahedeen during the gunfight”.
Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) spokesperson said the bravery shown by these militants against the army “refreshed memories of the earliest battles of Islam and gave a new impetus to Jihad”.
“Through this exemplary fidayeen mission, they sent a clear message that worldly benefits and luxuries seldom matter to them and that they prefer martyrdom.”
JKLF (R) patron, Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo, also paid tributes to the militants, saying “they deserve our salute and we are indebted to their revered sacrifices”.
He also praised the people of Pampore for their pro-militant sentiments.