Thousands Bid Adieu to Slain Militant

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TRAL: Back to back funeral prayers were offered by thousands of mourners to slain militant Aqib Molvi alias Zeeshan in South Kashmir’s Tral town of Pulwama district.

Aqib was one of the two militants who were killed during the 15-hour-long fire fight with forces at Haffu, Nazneenpora village on Sunday.

The body of the second slain militant was recovered from the debris at the encounter site at Hefoo, Nazneenpora area of Tral late last night, reports said on Monday.  Sources said that body of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Hamas was charred beyond recognition. Police claimed that Hamas was a Pakistan national.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that to accommodate thousands of people who had gathered in Tral township of Pulwama district to offer funeral prayers of slain Aqib Ahmad Bhatalias Aqib Movli, multiple funeral prayers were offered at his native village in Hyuna amid the shutdown.

A large number of people from Tral, Awantipora and other areas of Pulwama district had reached Hyuna to participate in the Nimaz-e-Jinaza of Aaqib and have a last glimpse of him, reports said. Mourners raised high-pitched pro-freedom slogans.

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Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani addressed the mourners telephonically and appealed people to take the “movement” to its logical end.

Geelani while hailing the role of militants said, “we are indebted to them and their sacrifices won’t go waste.”

“Stubborn attitude of India is the main cause for continuous bloodshed in state and it is the root cause of uncertainty in sub-continent,” he added. “I am sure and confident that we will achieve our cherished goal and while quoting Holy Qu’ran and hailing the sacrifices rendered by youth of state, said that those who lay their precious lives for a sacred cause never die and their memories serve a source of inspirations for next generations.”

Reports said that the body of Pakistani militant was taken away by police and buried at Sheeri in Baramulla district.

A police official told GNS that the body of the Pakistani militant was laid to rest in Sheeri as part of the “procedure” adopted by the authorities not to handover the body to people of the area where the militant get killed. It is done, the official said, to avoid disturbance to ‘law and order’.

‘War Against Kashmiris,’ says DeM

J&K Police on Monday detained Tehreek-e-Hurriyat secretary general and deputy of Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Shabir Ahmad Shah and placed the duo under house arrest.

“Police also raided the houses of several leaders and activists including Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal and Omer Adil Dar,” a spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani said. “(But) despite curbs and restrictions, (a) deputation comprising of Mohammad Yusuf Mujahid, Zahoor ul Haq Geelani, and Siraj u Din succeeded in reaching Tral and conveyed condolence message of Syed Ali Geelani to bereaved families,” the spokesperson added.

“Whole nation share their grief and stand with them .We salute you and we are proud of these families,” the delegation while quoting Syed Ali Geelani said.

Meanwhile, paying tributes to slain Aqib Ahmad Bhat alias Aqib Molvi and a “guest Mujahid” Hamas, all-women pro-freedom outfit chief, Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi (the chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat) said, “the youths are laying down their precious lives for a sanctified cause. The youths are sacrificing for a cherished and ideological mission.”

“The priceless assets of the ongoing resistance movement are the gallant sacrifices of lives in the struggle,” she said in a statement.

“It is an incomprehensible matter as to how the Mujahideen are being martyred selectively. During the previous year 70 Mujahideen have been martyred. Secondly this is concerning as well that after the martyrdom of Abu Qasim the bodies of our guest Mujahideen are not being handed over to the local people. They are being buried at unknown places. It shows that the military might of India is now afraid of the martyrs’ bodies of Mujahideen. People have to think out a ploy to get these pious sacred bodies so that they can be given a warm see off and Islamic burial,” she explained.

Commenting on the encounter that ensued between forces and militants in Tral, Andrabi said, “Indian armed forces have waged a war against innocent Kashmiris as entire Tral was made a battle field.”

“After Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s threat, Indian forces have literally gone berserk and have caged the whole population. Since the day Bipin Rawat threatened Kashmiris who march to save Mujahideen engaged in encounter sites, the occupational forces behave like wild animals and go on a rampaging spree. They fire live bullets, pellets and shells directly at the civilians aimed at killing the people,” she alleged. “This is war against the innocent Kashmiris.”

Pulwama Parts Shut

Strike continued for the second day on Monday in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including a top commander were killed in night-long encounter with armed forces in Tral.

A constable of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police Manzoor Ahmad, a resident of URI Baramulla in north Kashmir, also lost his life while five other soldiers, including a Major were injured in the encounter.

Shops and business establishments in Tral and adjoining areas remained closed and traffic was also off the roads due to spontaneous strike. Work in government offices and educational institutions was also affected.

Partial strike was observed in Pulwama and some other parts in the district.

However, life returned to normal in Bijbehara and Shopian with all shops and business establishments doing normal business and work in government offices and educational institutions also resumed normally. (UNI)

Forces ‘Forced’ To Call Off Search Op

Massive stone-throwing clashes erupted at Pinjoora aea of Shopian district after forces launched a search and cordon operation. The operation was launched after forces received inputs about the presence of some suspected militants believed to be present in Pinjoora. But people came out of their houses and pelted stones on search parties involved in counter insurgency operation.

Reports told GNS that police used teargas against the protesters and during the clashes, several protesters sustained injuries. The stone-throwing according to the reports disrupted the operation against the militants and later it was called off as no militants were intercepted in the area.

Affection of People Appreciable: Hizb

The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and United Jihad Council (UJC) on Monday paid tributes to the two slain militants who were killed in an encounter that raged between forces and militants in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday evening.

In a joint statement to KNS, Hizb and UJC chief, Syed Salah-ud-din said, “the two slain militants identified as Hafiz Muhammad Aaqib alias Aaqib Molvi and Saifullahalias Usama are the two shining stars of Jammu Kashmir, who will always shine like gems.”

He said, “the sacrifices given by the two slain militants will be remembered always and the people will always feel proud over their sacrifices.”

Hizb and UJC chief while addressing a joint meeting of Hizb commands Council and General Council said, “despite the threat given by the Army chief, the affection of people towards militants is appreciable and explains that the people of Kashmir are in a same row in this freedom struggle.”

Meanwhile, according to the statement, the Hizb vice-chief, Saifullah Khalid and Moulana Taj Ali also spoke during the meeting.

“There are some black sheep among the people of Kashmir who should stop performing shameful acts. These persons will get exposed and have to answer before the people,” Saifullah said.

He asked the people to “support them in exposing those persons”. “The struggle will continue till the goal won’t be achieved,” he said.

‘Tyranny’ Has To End: LeT

Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) on Monday asked New Delhi to withdraw its forces from Jammu Kashmir as “people and Mujahideen are fighting together against India”.

Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi, spokesperson of LeT in a statement to GNS while quoting the outfit chief Mehmood Shah said: “when even mothers fight on battlefields, then tyranny has to end. Mothers epitomize mercy and affection and when no power in the world can overpower their prayers.”

“I have no words to pay tributes to the people of Tral particularly the mother of Molvi Aquib. Her spirit and courage is writing on the wall for India.”

Quoting Shah, the spokesperson added, “freedom is the destiny of the people of Kashmir which martyrs are writing with their pious blood.”

“Whenever Muslims strived in the way of Allah, they have emerged victorious,” he added.

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