Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp Wednesday paid tributes to scholar turned militant Sabzar Sofi and his aide Asif Ahmad Shergojri who were killed in a gunfight with the government forces at Nowgam areas of Srinagar.
The resistance leaders and parties who paid homage to the slain included – Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and Muslim League.
“The deep and sorrowful separation of yet another budding intellectual, Sabzar was inflicted upon us on Wednesday morning. Such tragic incidents, although part of freedom struggle, but certainly are enough to sadden the entire Kashmir,” Geelani said in a statement.
Geelani, according to the statement, stated this to the mourners telephonically who were assembled to offer Nimaz-e-Jinaza of the slain at Sangam in south Kashmir.
“On every occasion throughout the long torturous spell of political, economic and social uncertainty, we have conveyed loud and clear to message to the oppressor, that you may be able to cage us, physically chain us, mentally torture us, emotionally break us or even kill, but you can never succeed to force us into submission.”
The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said “that our generation next is fully conscious of the hazards and ill effects of ‘oppression’ and they are on the forefront of the struggle to liberate their land”.
Geelani further said that commitment and un-parallel sacrifices of our youth put a huge obligation and responsibility not only on leaders but common people as well.
“The election drama,” the pro-freedom leader said, “and the political leaders pose as our saviours to fetch them votes in the name of roads, electricity and water.”
He appealed the youth to strictly follow the glorious path of Quran and Sunnah, have unity and discipline, not fall prey to sectarian conflicts, and “honestly and sincerely contribute to the ongoing movement in whatever way they can”.
Paying tributes to slain Sabzar and his aide, the Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz said that each day we are losing educated youth to the “obduracy and arrogance of New Delhi” who does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute, “but instead resorts to repression, forcing our youth to a path of armed resistance”.
Mirwaiz in a statement condemned the use of force against mourners carrying the bodies of the slain at Sangam. “It is the height of inhumanity,” he said.
Meanwhile the statement said Hurriyat enounced repeated CASO especially in south Kashmir. The spokesman criticised the government for intensified frisking and search operations across the length and breadth of Kashmir especially on highways and major towns to harass people
The spokesman termed the crackdown on the resistance camp as “vengeance”.
The JKLF chief Yasin Malik slamming the Government of India over its policies, said: “After choking every space on peaceful political resistance, New Delhi is pushing our highly educated and passionate youth towards the path of ultimate sacrifice”.
“After scholar Manan Wani, another scholar Sabzar has been killed. These martyrs represent the soul our struggle for freedom and self-determination and this nation is in all means indebted to them,” Malik said in his message, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of JKLF in a statement said Yasin Malik was arrested along with others while leading a protest rally at Lal chowk here. “Malik along with JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and Hurriyat Leader Javed Ahmad Mir have been remanded up to 27th October and are now lodged at Police station,” he said.
The Muslim League paying homage to Sabzaar and his aide said they spilled their blood for the sacred cause of Kashmir.
The spokesperson Sajad Ayoubi said a high level delegation of Muslim League including M Rafiq Ganaie, Ab Rashid Khan, Manzoor A Lelhari and Ab Rashid Dar visited Sangam and participated in the funeral prayers of the slain.
Ganai addressing the mourners, said: “These martyrs represent the soul of our struggle for freedom and self-determination, and this nation is in all means indebted to them.”