SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom camp on Saturday paid tributes to three Hizbul Mujhahideen militants who were killed in an encounter with government forces during a search operation in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on the same day.
The slain militants included Ishfaq Ahmad Dar of Dogripora, Ishfaq Ahmad Baba of Tahab, and Haseeb Ahmad Pala of Batadna.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) while paying tributes to militants said the sacrifices of life and property of the people of Kashmir were not only the biggest asset of the ongoing resistance movement but it was only due to these sacrifices that Kashmir issue and a need for its resolution had attracted the international attention.
The spokesman said the end of uncertainty and distress among Kashmiris was impossible until Kashmir issue was not resolved. “The unresolved Kashmir has brought South Asia’s two nuclear neighbours at a confrontation mode for the past seven decades and has led to uncertainty among the 1.25 crore people of Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
“The Indian leadership should understand this reality without further delay and pave way for the peace, stability, and prosperity of the entire region,” he said.
As per a JKLF statement issued here, a party delegation participated in militants’ funeral prayers and expressed solidarity with their families.
The ailing chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah, in a statement issued here, expressed grief over the loss of precious lives of youth (militants) and reiterated the pledge of taking the martyrs’ mission to its desired goal.
Paying tributes to slain militants, Shah expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for their forbearance. A Freedom Party’s delegation led by its district president Pulwama, Muhammad Amin, participated in the militants’ funeral prayers, the statement said, adding, they also visited the bereaved families and expressed solidarity with them.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement issued here, paid tributes to the slain militants.
In a statement issued here, Chairman National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan while paying tributes said, “These martyrs have left great responsibilities for us to safeguard their sacrifices.” He expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.
Senior Hurriyat (M) leader and chairman JKLF (H) Javaid Ahmad Mir while paying tributes said Kashmiris are offering sacrifices of their lives and property since decades and the best tribute to martyrs would be to show complete commitment and resolve towards the freedom struggle to take their mission to the logical conclusion.
“Kashmiri people and our freedom fighters are not scapegoats. Our people have suffered brutal oppression and have only seen the broken promises from India. If Kashmir issue remains unresolved, nobody could guarantee the peace in the region and it will continue to hamper the cordial relations between India and Pakistan,” Mir said.
In a statement issued here, Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) general secretary Mohammad Maqbool paid tributes to slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants saying, “We are indebted to our martyrs who are the icons of our freedom movement. These martyrs are sacrificing their lives for the lasting resolution of Kashmir conflict and they will remain a source of inspiration for all times.” He also expressed condolence with the bereaved families.
In an emailed statement issued to a local news agency KNS, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) on paid tributes to slain militants. The chief of the outfit, Mehmood Shah termed the slain militants as “the shine of freedom struggle”.
“The participation of the youth to fight against the forces will be the cheerful movement for Kashmir soon,” he said.
Shah said “the people who are showing their love towards militants of should also come forward to end the traitors.” “The enemies are using various tactics to weaken the freedom struggle in Kashmir but they have and will always fail to achieve success,” he said.