SRINAGAR: The United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of various local militant outfits, and Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Friday paid rich tribute to Abu Ismayil and Abu Qasim who were killed in a brief encounter in the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday.
A local news agency CNS quoted UJC chief Syed Salahuddin as saying that “the blood of these martyrs will not go waste”. The statement said Salahuddin made these remarks while addressing UJC’s high level meeting.
“The militants have chosen the path of martyrdom and freedom and they will never fail. Sooner or later, their blood will show colour,” UJC chief said and reiterated that “the freedom struggle will continue despite conspiracies hatched by internal and external sources”.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat said it is very difficult to fill the void created by the killing of Abu Ismail.
In a statement, DeM general secretary, Nahida Nasreen, while paying glowing tributes to Abu Ismail and his associate, Chota Qasim, said, “They were great Mujahideen who operated here for the (last) many years. Their martyrdom is a great loss to the resistance movement of Kashmir. One should acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifice of these great souls who come from far off places to help the oppressed people in Kashmir.”
“But unfortunately, in this Kashmiri nation, there still are few black sheep who, for worldly benefits and material gains, help Indian forces to martyr these guests,” she said.
She strongly condemned the desecration of militants’ bodies by the forces, saying it once again established the fact that Indian army is a “rogue and a terrorist force who disrespect the bodies of Mujahideen”.
Nasren condemned the questioning of Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom once again by the NIA. “This is a highly commendable act as the seniormost lawyer is being harassed illegally,” she said.
She also condemned the continued detention of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf by NIA.