SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said the slain militant Eisa Fazili, a BTech graduate from Soura Srinagar, who was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir on Monday morning, was “very close” to him.
Terming him a “passionate warrior”, Geelani in a statement said Fazili “often visited my residence”.
“His commitment with freedom mission was exemplary and served as moral precedence. He was very thoughtful about the prevailing situation and commitment with his mission was praiseworthy,” Hurriyat chairman, according to statement, said while addressing mourners over phone.
Recalling his meetings with Fazili, Geelani said, “He (Eisa Fazili) often discussed the post-Burhan scenario, and the continuous bloodshed, plight of maimed, pellet victims, ransacking of properties, detention of youth in torture centres and excesses perpetrated by forces gave him sleepless nights. This proved a turning point for him; (he) joined the resistance movement and embraced martyrdom.”
Paying glorious tribute to Eisa Fazili, Syed Owais Shafi and Sabzaar Ahmad, who were killed in Hakura, Anantnag encounter, Geelani said, “Our youth lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation, putting huge responsibility on our shoulders to honour these sacrifices and take mission to its logical end.”
“We are duty bound to disassociate from those who since past seven decades are involved in genocide. We should boycott these chameleons and turncoats as they, for the lust of power, are bartering the blood of our budding youth,” he said.
Commenting over the prevailing “appalling” situation, Hurriyat chairman said authorities in New Delhi are “desperate to enforce their will and weaken our just and genuine freedom movement”. “As such, we have to be cautious, remain united and adopt the spirit of persistence in pursuit of (the) cherished goal.”
Geelani cautioned people about the “deceit” being played by India and its agencies, saying the pro-freedom leaders are being denied their political space. He accused forces of mercilessly killing innocent people and said Indian authorities are “once again raising Ikhwan-like renegade groups to harass pro-freedom leadership”.
Besides Geelani, Hurriyat leaders including Hakim Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Yusuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Farooq Ahmad Gotapori, Kh Firdous Wani and Sheikh Musaib addressed mourners, the statement said.
On Geelani’s directions, a deputation led by Tehreek-e Hurriyat leaders Shah Wali Mohammad and Ghulam Mustafa Wani visited the family of Eisa Fazili and prayed for forbearance to the bereaved family.