Thousands attend Jaish militant’s funeral in Pulwama

Anantnag: Despite a hurriedly organised funeral, thousands of people reached Thokerpora village in Pulwama on Thursday evening to participate in the funeral prayers of slain Jaish militant Shabir Ahmad Dar at his native village. Dar was killed in a gunfight in Budgam’s Futlipora village along with two non-local militants on Thursday.
Shabir’s body was handed over to his family late Thursday afternoon and a hurried funeral was organised later in the evening. The haste in holding the funeral was due to the condition of the body.
“His face was badly damaged,” local sources said. Two to three militants appeared at the funeral and fired shots in the air to give the gun salute to their fallen comrade.
“Sameer alias Tiger, the top Hizb militant, was among the militants who came,” people who participated in the funeral told Kashmir Reader.
The gathered people waved Pakistani flags and chanted pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, eyewitnesses said. A partial shutdown was observed in parts of Pulwama on Friday to mourn the militant’s killing.
Clashes broke out today in main town Anantnag and main town Kulgam after the Friday congregational prayers. Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors, but the protests continued for a while. Nobody was reported injured during the clashes.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Pakherpora, Dalwan, Chraresharief and other adjoining areas on Friday.