Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp on Sunday paid tributes to the militants killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Kellam area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Those who paid homage included – Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM).
Geelani in a statement said that “those fighting for their basic and fundamental rights are labeled as ‘terrorists’ and gunned down”.
Blaming New Delhi’s stubborn approach for “continuous bloodshed” in the state, Hurriyat chairman said that we are a peaceful nation, and “frequent incidents of encounters resulting into the martyrdom of youth is a matter of serious concern”.
He further said that these ultimate sacrifices “have made our movement so precious that nobody can ever think of any compromise or betrayal”.
The statement further said Geelani reiterated the demand for the return of mortal remains of both Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohamad Afzal Guru
Hurriyat (M) in a statement while paying tributes to the slain militants said: “The youth of Kashmir are sacrificing their precious lives as a consequence of arrogance of New Delhi.”
Hurriyat said to forge unity and to remain steadfast “is inevitable for protecting and safeguarding the mission of martyrs so that the goal for which these youth are offering their precious lives today is realised”.
The amalgam also condemned the “oppressive policies of the Government of India for caging the resistance leadership in their homes and police stations, and barring them from raising their voice against oppression and for the resolution of the dispute in a democratic manner”.
“GoI has to acknowledge that Kashmir is a political and humanitarian issue which has to be resolved in accordance with the aspirations of its people, and military might will never resolve the issue,” the statement said, adding people of Kashmir want a peaceful resolution through “right to self-determination and tripartite dialogue to forge peace in the region”.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) also paid respect to the slain Kulgam militants and said that “the people of Kashmir need to remain steadfast for Kashmir cause”.
In a statement, a spokeswoman of the party said that “the ups and downs are part of a freedom struggle and that the dawn of freedom will rise in Kashmir”.
She further said that “the forces are enjoying impunity here”, and condemned the use of force on mourners during the funeral of slain militants.