SRINAGAR: The resistance camp on Monday paid rich tributes to three Jaish-e-Mohammd (JeM) militants killed in Lethpora gunfight.
Heavily armed JeM militants attacked the CRPF training camp in Lehthpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in the wee hours of Sunday. The gunfight ended on Monday with the killing of five CRPF personnel and injuring of three others. Two local militants were killed on Sunday and one on Monday. One of the militants, Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, of Tral, Pulwaman, was a Class 10 student and son of a J&K policeman.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani while paying glowing tributes to slain militants said youth are sacrificing their precious lives for a “greater cause to serve nation”. “We are duty bound to carry their mission to its logical conclusion,” he said in a statement.
Blaming India’s “haughty and stubborn” approach for the continuous bloodshed in JK, Geelani said, “We are a peaceful nation and frequent incidents of encounters resulting into killing of our youth is a matter of serious concern to us.”
He said Kashmir dispute continues to remain unresolved despite passing of decades while stressing on its resolution through right to self-determination.
“We have sacrificed 6 lakh souls for its (Kashmir’s) resolution and even now, youth are laying their lives for its settlement,” Geelani said and appealed people to boycott the upcoming elections.
Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Huriyat leader Bashir Ahmad Qureshi led funeral prayers of militant Fardeen Khan and expressed sympathy and condolence with the bereaved family.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference while paying tributes said, “The youth are sacrificing their lives for a great and sacred mission and it’s time for people of Kashmir to remain steadfast and to safeguard these sacrifices.”
In a statement, the conglomerate said it was because of the “continuous oppression and iron fist policy” of the Government of India and its local “collaborators” here that young boys are pushed towards picking up arms as a means of resistance.
“Peace won’t prevail in Kashmir until the Government of India takes serious steps to resolve the issue as per the aspirations of the people of J&K,” the statement said.
The amalgam strongly condemned the use of “brute force” of firing live bullets and pellets on unarmed protestors and imposing strict curbs in dozens of Pulwama villages terming it as “highly deplorable”. “The military might can’t suppress the genuine dissent as (history) is witness that the use of force has failed to crush the genuine movements across the world.”
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) paid glowing tributes to slain militants and said, “All the conspiracies and tactics which India and its agencies tried in 2017 to suppress the ongoing movement were failed by these brave children who chose the last day of December and gave a befitting reply to Indian occupational forces.”
In a statement, DeM general secretary Nahida Nasreen said, “On the last day of the previous year, these youth effectively showed the Indian authorities that this movement can never be suppressed nor will India be able to end the armed struggle by launching so-called operations like Operation All Out.”
Commenting upon the video of Fardeen Khanday in which he called on people to join Jaish-e-Mohammad, Nasreen said the message by the young boy “has the potential to shake the conscience of every Kashmiri Muslim”.
“We must pledge that neither the favours nor the suppression by India should deviate us from struggle,” she said.