Hizb Pays Tribute to Slain Militant; Islamabad Shuts on Day Second



Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen Wednesday paid rich tributes to Mushtaq Ahmed alias Adil who was killed in a brief gun fight with forces in Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad town.

In a statement to CNS, Hizb Chief Syed Sallahuddin said that the slain militant “played key role” in strengthening the outfit in Valley. “He was an asset whose loss can’t be compensated. Even after spending years in prison his resolve and dedication towards freedom struggle remained intact,” he said and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family.

South Kashmir’s Islamabad district and its adjoining areas observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday to mourn the death of a local militant Mushtaq Ahmed, who was killed in an encounter with forces at Kalhar Kokernag on Tuesday.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed. Transport was off the roads. People from Khanabal, Bijbehara, Seepen, Batapora, Kokernag, and other areas reached to the slain militant’s native Pushwara village in large numbers to express solidarity with the bereaved family.

Eyewitnesses said that stray incidents of stone-pelting were reported from different parts of the district. Police responded with tear-smoke shells to disperse the angry youth. Reports said scores of youth amid anti-India slogans tried to take out a procession, however, forces sealed the road and restricted the movement of the people.


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