Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp on Tuesday paid homage to the slain militant killed in an encounter with the government forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, saying “the authorities have pushed Kashmiri youth to the wall, but has failed to break the resolve of people despite repressive measures”.
A militant identified as Irfan Ahmad Rather of Rajpora village was killed in a brief shootout in Chowduribagh area of Litter on Tuesday.
Those who paid homage included – Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai.
Geelani in a statement reiterated that “the youth of Kashmir have opted gun as a reaction to India’s military”.
Terming Kashmir as a “bone of contention” between the two nuclear powers of the sub-continent, Hurriyat chairman regretted that “the stubborn attitude of India regarding this globally accepted political dispute and dealing with it only militarily has created death and destruction in whole state and peace and harmony of the whole region is threatened”.
The pro-freedom leader said that with the resolution of this issue, a new era of peace, stability and development will prevail not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in the whole South Asia.
Hurriyat (M) in a statement said that “the sacrifices are being offered for the cause of right to self-determination, and its time that leadership and the people stand united and pursue the cause with great vigour and zeal”.
The spokesperson also condemned “the excesses’ of forces” across Kashmir, especially in South Kashmir.
He also denounced the continuous detention of senior pro-freedom leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza. Terming Waza’s detention as “undemocratic”, Hurriyat (M) said that “Waza is being frequently lodged in Police station and not allowed to carry his political and social activity”.
“Keeping activists and youth caged in police stations is now a new norm of the authorities as they deny all possible space to the resistance leadership and youth to present their point of view,” the statement said.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement while paying tributes to the slain militant, said: “It is the collective responsibility of leadership and the people of Kashmir to show steadfastness and to safeguard the mission of these martyrs and to take it to the final realisation.”
He further said that “the unprecedented sacrifices and suffering experienced by the people of Kashmiri’s is much too great to go unrewarded”.