Hurriyat pays tribute to militants killed in Tral, Pulwama encounters

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‘New Delhi’s insensitivity sole reason for unabated bloodshed in Kashmir’

Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) and Hurriyat (M) Saturday paid tributes to the militants killed in separate encounters with the government forces in south Kashmir’s Tral and Pulwama, and in a statement said it is the collective responsibility of the people of Kashmir and the leadership to take the ongoing movement to its ultimate realisation.

Two Hizb ul Mujahideen militants were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Tikken area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. The slain were identified as Liyaqat Wani of Below and Wajid ul Islam of Babhara village of Pulwama. A Jaish militant was killed during a day-long gunfight with government forces in Darganaie Gund village of Tral on Friday.

The Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani in a statement blamed “New Delhi’s insensitivity and unconcern as the sole reason for unabated bloodshed in the valley”.

“These youths spilled their blood for the great and sacred cause of Kashmir, and we all are indebted to these martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice,” Geelani said.

Criticising the government, the pro-freedom leader said that “instead of taking measures to resolve a long pending issue in its historical perspective, they want to thrust their choice through a barrel of the gun.”

Geelani, the statement reads, said that “prevailing uncertainty in the State and unrealistic approach of authorities is the basic cause of the human tragedy and it is the reason that youth are losing their precious lives.”

“The authorities are responsible for the current situation in the valley,” the resistance leader said. “They are adamant to carry forward this situation.”

The Hurriyat chairman said that “New Delhi’s arrogance and persistent denial of the historic fact can’t hold the water for a long, and they have to come in terms with the writing on the wall, lest this unresolved and unaddressed issue can erupt and burst anytime, engulfing millions of people in this region.”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson in a statement said that keeping in view the importance of the month of Rabi-ul-Awal, the Hurriyat (G) is organising a Seerat conference on November 18 at Hyderpora Srinagar.

The Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement said that “the sacrifices of youth are priceless assets of Kashmir’s freedom struggle which will be protected by the resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir on all fronts”.

The amalgam, it reads, condemned the use of force on the peaceful protestors in south Kashmir districts “leaving dozens of youth seriously injured”.

“The people of south Kashmir have been left at the mercy of forces who have made the life of people living there a hell,” the spokesperson said.

The Hurriyat (M) also denounced the arrest of two students of Central University Kashmir and termed their detention as “highly undemocratic”.

“Government of India instead of understanding the ground situation in Kashmir is banking on the military might to suppress the genuine aspirations of people,” the spokesperson said.

However, he said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will deliver a sermon on the occasion of Khawja Digar (congregational Asr prayers) at the shrine of Hazrat Khawja Naqahsband (RA) Khawja Bazar on Monday (3rd Rabi-ul -Awal).