SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom camp on Monday paid tributes to Dawood Sheikh, the militant who was killed in a gunfight with government forces on Sunday, while several leaders and activists visited the residence of Ghulam Rasool Khan alias Lassa Khan to pay homage to him for his “sacrifices for the freedom struggle”.
Paying tributes to Sheikh, Hurriyat Conference (M) said Kashmiris had been offering sacrifices of life and property “for their freedom” and people needed to show the same steadfastness towards the ongoing resistance movement.
Conglomerate, in a statement issued here, said its senior leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, was not allowed to participate in Dawood’s funeral prayers and was detained at police station Sher Bagh in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The statement said a Hurriyat (M) delegation including Musadiq Adil, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Abdul Majeed Wani, Jaffer Kashmiri, Fayaz Ahmad and others earlier visited the residence of late Ghulam Rasool Khan alias Lassa Khan at Sonabrari, Kokernag to express solidarity with the bereaved family. They also prayed for peace to the departed soul.
A spokesman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), in a statement issued here, paid tributes to Dawood Sheikh, saying, “These young boys are sacrificing their lives for freedom and we salute their passion.”
He said due to India’s “violent and dictatorial” approach, Kashmiri youths are pushed to the wall and left with no other option but to sacrifice their lives. He also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Expressing grief over the demise of Ghulam Rasool Khan, the incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, in a statement issued here, said, “Late Ghulam Rasool Khan and his family have contributed a lot to the freedom struggle. He has shouldered the coffins of his four sons and two nephews who sacrificed their lives for the movement.”
A DFP delegation including Nazir Ahmad Tanda, Sajad ul Haq, and Shabir Ahmad Baba visited Kokernag to express condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family of late Ghulam Rasool Khan.
Meanwhile, a party spokesperson while paying tributes to Dawood Sheikh said, “Though the martyrdom of mujahedeen is a great loss for us but we can never forget the mission for which these brave-hearts sacrifice their lives.”
The DFP’s district president Kulgam, Bashir Ahmad led a delegation which included Master Ghulam Mohiuddin, Muhammad Aazam ud Din, Riyaz Ahmad and Rafiq Ahmad to Buchroo, Kulgam and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of Dawood Sheikh.
Paying tributes to Dawood Sheikh, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement issued here, said, “I have no words to pay tributes to these brave hearts. It is hard to see these saviors getting killed so fast. I once again appeal people not to let the black-sheep sell these pious, precious and priceless sons.”
JKLF (R) patron, Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo, in a statement issued here, prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul of Ghulam Rasool Khan. He said Khan “was a symbol of resistance and persistence who sacrificed his four sons but remained dedicated to the ongoing movement”.
Paying tributes to Dawood Sheikh, JKLF (R) patron said, “He (Dawood) sacrificed for a greater cause and we are obliged to carry the martyrs’ mission forward.” He expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Tramboo also expressed resentment and grief over the injury to a 12-year-old boy, Mohammad Iqbal Qudoosi, who lost his hand by touching an unexploded shell. “The use of lethal weapons is destroying and killing our youth,” he said and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured boy.
According to a statement issued by Muslim League Jammu Kashmir, its spokesman, Rafiq Ganaie, offered funeral prayers to Dawood Sheikh. Ganaie was accompanied by other party leaders including Abdul Rashid Dar and Sabzar Ahmad Dar.
Paying tributes to Dawood, ML spokesman said it is due to sacrifices of martyrs that freedom struggle gained momentum and we need to safeguard these sacrifices.
A League delegation also visited the bereaved family of Ghulam Rasool Khan and expressed solidarity with them.
A local news agency CNS quoted a militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as having paid tributes to Dawood Sheikh.
As per the statement, Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin while presiding a Hizb Command Council meeting said, “Though the martyrdom of Dawood is a big loss but his sacrifice will play a key role in ending the Indian occupation in Kashmir. Hurriyat leadership and militants must also remain vigilant about the black sheep.”