Two masked militants surfaced in a pro-freedom rally in Koimoh area of this South Kashmir district on Tuesday, urging people "not to betray our cause."
The two local militants, who addressed the protesters at Kaimoh Market, were carrying weapons and one of them wore Pheran (traditional Kashmiri cloak).
Addressing people, a militant urged them to remain resilient and carry forward the ongoing struggle "with dedication and sincerity."
"We have chosen our path and will strive till we achieve the martyrdom," he told an emotionally-charged gathering of people, some of whom jostled to kiss their palms. "We have left our comfort zones."
The atmosphere turned emotional when the militants appealed people not to betray them.
"If you cannot be among us, at least don't betray us," the militant said, thumping his chest. This left the gathering in tears.
"We hope you will carry forward our message," the duo said, leaving the venue after raising pro-Pakistan and pro-Burhan slogans.
As the militants left the place, they urged the gathering not to follow them, though some people jumped a nearby gate—from where the militants left—to manage a personal audience with them.
Earlier, a massive pro-freedom rally, which saw a participation of over 30,000 people, was held at nearby Redwani area. Religious clerics from different sects addressed the people and vowed to carry forward the freedom struggle.
People from Frisal, Yaripora, Khudwani, Rampora, Hawoora-Mishpora and others villages were seen walking by foot, riding bikes, cars, mini-buses and load carriers to be a part of the pro-freedom congregation at Redwani. They were carrying Pakistani flags and shouting pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan, pro-Hizbul Mujahideen and pro-Lashkar-e-Toiba slogans.