Various separatist leaders and organizations have paid tributes to three Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants including Adil Ahmad Sheikh, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat and Sartaj Ahmad Lone of Bijbehara, who were slain in a gunfight with the forces in Aishmuqam area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district yesterday.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, while telephonically addressing a gathering of people in Bijbehara, lashed out at New Delhi and regional mainstream politicians for 'unleashing a reign of terror' in the state.
"The Kashmiri youth are offering sacrifices of lives for the cause of freedom and pro-India politicians are trying to prolong the path to freedom through different tactics," Geelani said, paying tributes to the slain militants and expressing solidarity with their families.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement today, said, "The freedom struggle for which the youth are offering supreme sacrifices cannot be defeated by any power in the world."
"India and its Kashmiri helpers have choked every space for peaceful political struggle. This is pushing young Kashmiris to the wall and they are considering other means of struggle to resist the oppression. It is the fourth generation of Kashmiris that is sacrificing itself for freedom and resolution of Jammu Kashmir issue," Yasin Malik said, expressing solidarity with families of slain militants.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Front leaders visited Bijbehara and participated in the funeral payers of the slain militants.
The members of J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA) today abstained from court work in protest against the killing of the three youth in Aishmuqam and one in Kupwara forest.
They paid tributes to the slain militants and expressed solidarity with their families.
A delegation of Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI) J&K visited the families of slain militants and extended condolences with them.
"Our youths have given sacrifices for the movement and left a responsibility on us to continue this just cause without any sell out," Jama'at spokesman Advocate Zahid Ali said, while speaking at a condolence meeting.
Jammu Kashmir National Front (NF) vice-chairman Muhammad Altaf Wani, in a statement today said, "The martyrdom of trio is a great loss for the resistance movement."
"The martyrs' sacrifices will be protected at any cost," Wani added.
Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah also paid tributes to the slain militants and expressed solidarity with their families.
"These youth are giving new direction to the freedom movement. We are indebted to the sacrifices offered by them," a spokesman of the party quoted Shabir Shah as saying.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karatey, in a statement today, said, "We are committed to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end."
He expressed solidarity with the families of slain militants.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (H) chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir also paid tributes to the slain. In a statement, he said, "Sacrifices of these youth are the real treasure of the ongoing resistance movement."
Jammu Kashmir People's League chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has expressed sympathy and solidarity with the families of the militants and pledged "to continue the freedom struggle till the achievement of goal."
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (PFL) spokesman, in a statement today paid tributes to slain militants.
Jammu Kashmir Muslim League spokesman Muhammad Rafiq Ganai expressed sympathies with the families of the slain militants.
Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) leaders including Shabir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo today visited Bijbehara where they demonstrated solidarity with the families of the slain militants.