Urges people to forge unity
Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp on Sunday paid tributes to the militants killed in an encounter with government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, and in a statement blamed New Delhi’s stubborn approach for continuous “bloodshed” in Kashmir.
Top Al Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam, and his associate Shakeel Dar were slain in Yaripora area late on Saturday evening.
Those who paid homage included – Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muslim League and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP).
Syed Ali Geelani in a statement said: “Since past three decades, our youth are nourishing the movement for the right to self-determination with their precious blood, but New Delhi with its military-might always responds forcefully.” “We are a peaceful nation, but our youth are forced to adopt the extreme path as the peaceful voices are not responded,” he stated.
Hurriyat chairman further said that for the last 71 years, “we have seen only the brutal face of India, lived a life of uncertainty, chaos and harassment, shouldered the coffins of our dear ones, and witnessed only death and destruction all around. This gloomy situation has forced our highly educated youth to take the extreme steps. They prefer to be a rebellion than to live a life of slavery”.
We are unfortunate that we lose our heroes so early “as their un-dented commitment and visionary intellect would help to smoothen this struggle”, the pro-freedom leader added.
Slamming the use of force on mourners, Hurriyat chairman said that it is nothing but “vengeance”.
Hurriyat (M) paying homage to the slain stated that “the sacrifices offered by the youth are a priceless asset of our nation and by all means will be protected”.
The spokesman in a statement said: “A collective approach needs to be followed to take the mission of martyrs forward.” “…it was because of the stubborn approach of New Delhi that Kashmir issue continues to remain lingering and that the iron fist policy of GoI is pushing youth to adopt armed means of resistance,” he added.
Urging people to forge unity, the spokesman said: “With thousands of sacrifices, the ongoing freedom struggle for the achievement of the right to self-determination will be carried forward with full zeal and commitment.”
TeH chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement said that “the human rights champions and world community will be haunted by the dark shadow of the Kashmir’s humanitarian tragedy”.
No regret or actionable remorse has been shown from these rights groups for the “ongoing killings” in Kashmir, he added. “The way people of Kashmir especially youth are offering priceless sacrifices for the freedom struggle of Kashmir deserves a salute,” Sehrai stated.
TeH chief also condemned forces action against protesters aftermath encounter.
Muslim League in a statement said: A delegation led by Muhammad Rafiq Ganaie visited Sugan and Jablipora Shopian to participate in the funeral of militants.
Ganaie on the occasion said: “Kashmir has been turned into death valley.”
“The graph of incidents human rights violations is alarmingly going up with every passing day in Kashmir. It is high time for international community to pressurise India to stop the bloodshed in Kashmir and to respect the aspirations of people,” he added.
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) spokesperson in a statement said: “The whole Kashmir is in mourning because everybody here knows the fact that youth like Zeenat ul Islam and Shakeel Dar are seldom produced.”
He further stated that youth of Kashmir are sacrificing their precious lives in the way of freedom struggle and “it is our responsibilities to remain steadfast”.
“New Delhi must accept the fact that Kashmiri people cannot surrender their political rights before the military might,” he said. “It is high time for everybody to acknowledge the historic facts about the Kashmir dispute and take tangible measure to resolve it according to the wishes of the people living here.”
DFP also denounced the use of force on protesters, the statement reads.