United Jihad Council (UJC) and Lashkar-e-Toiba on Thursday paid rich tributes to the militants, including the nephew of Moulana Masood Azhar, Usman Ibrahim, Showkat Ahmad, Mukhtar Khan and Muhammad Amin, who were killed in separate gunfights with government forces at Tral and Budgam.
In an e-mailed statement to KNS, UJC spokesman, Syed Sadaqat Hussain said, "Despite having less ammunition the militants prefer to sacrifice their lives rather than shaking hands with the enemies."
He said that "the militants are benefactors of the Kashmiri nation and the sacrifices rendered by them have exposed New Delhi's face at international level."
"Militants have proved that they would continue the struggle till their last breath," he added.
In an e-mailed statement issued to KNS, LeT spokesman while quoting the outfit chief, Mahmood Shah said, "Militants fought with great courage and attained what they aspired for in their fight against forcible control. The whole nation is proud of them."
Shah said, "Youth of Jammu Kashmir are posing as Muhammad Bin Qasim and fighting the ranks of Raja Dahir. Their sacrifices won't go in a vain." Referring to the forces resorting to what he called "vandalism" he said, "Regular militaries never damage the public properties. Forces, through a deliberate attempt to malign the peace, damage the public properties so that the trust and relationship between the public and fighters is damaged. But this will not happen as militants enjoy full support of the people."
Shah said, "The courage, valor and bravery of our people are exemplary and rare. Enemy may harm the people using such vicious tactics but it can never break their resolve."