Thousands offer funeral prayers of Amir

Thousands offer funeral prayers of Amir
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Geelani addresses gathering on phone

SHOPIAN: Despite the cold weather on Tuesday, thousands of mourners reached Awneera village of Shopian to participate in the funeral of slain Hizb militant Amir Amin Rather. Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani addressed the gathering via telephone.
Amir Rather, a militant of five moths, was killed along with his associate Idrees Ahmaad at Safnagri village of Shopian in a brief gunfight with government forces. Thousands of people from Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag districts reached Awneera to give a hero’s farewell to the militant. The area reverberated with anti-India, pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and pro-militant slogans.
Amir was laid to rest at the local martyrs’ graveyard and his body was wrapped in the Pakistan flag. Emotional scenes were witnessed during the funeral, with women wailing and beating their chests.
According to family members, Amir had joined Hizbul Mujahideen on May 23 this year. Family members said that after completing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, Amir worked at a medical shop at Frisal village in Kulgam district.
Locals described Amir as a sober and pious person. They said that no one could believe that Amir had joined militant ranks. They said he was 26 years old.
Riyaz Ahmad, a resident of Awneera, told Kashmir Reader that Amir belonged to a well-off family, whose orchards fetched them 2,000 boxes of apple. They said that Amir’s father Muhammad Amin is a prosperous orchardist.
Amir was the second militant buried in Awneera’s martyrs’ graveyard since August 2017, when local militant Altaf Ahmad was killed by government forces at Barbug village in Shopian district along with an associate.
Amir has left behind his parents, an elder brother, and a sister.
In his address to the gathering at Amir’s funeral, Syed Ali Geelani said, “Since 1947 we are fighting the illegal occupation of Kashmir by India and we have given our blood and youth for the cause of freedom.”
Geelani said that those who lay their lives for this noble cause are not dead but alive; they are being given food by almighty Allah, Geelani said, quoting verses of the holy Quran.
Geelani said that India had taken the Kashmir issue to the United Nations and there were signatures of both India and Pakistan on an agreement that the Kashmir issue will be solved by giving the people of Kashmir the right to self-determination.
Awneera village is situated some 22 kilometers from district headquarters Shopian and is considered as the last village of the district on the border with district Kulgam.