Militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen have paid rich tributes to the five militants killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Shopian district on Sunday.
"Sacrifices being rendered by Kashmiri nation won't go in a vain. Each sacrifice makes the ongoing struggle more vibrant and Kashmiris have proved it beyond doubt that they won't surrender," a spokesman of the outfit quoted the LeT chief Mehmood Shah as having said in a statement.
"We advise those who are unable to see the positive outcome of such sacrifices and want to silence the freedom fighters that there are more youth ready to pick-up arms of martyred freedom fighters even before their martyrdom. Their participation in funeral processions in huge numbers is a tribute that has given enough nightmares to New Delhi but alas some of our own people don't seem to understand it," Shah said.
"We request those people to identify our mistakes so that we can rectify it to the best of our efforts. We will be grateful for such opportunity. Your role as a pro-freedom is as necessary for the struggle as the prayers and well-wishes," the LeT chief added.
Mehmood Shah thanked people for their "utter support and solidarity".
"The time has changed and New Delhi is facing fierce resistance not just from the freedom fighters, but from the mothers, daughters, and sons, on the streets of Kashmir," he said.
Lashkar chief expressed deep concern that "some dishonest and treacherous people have sabotaged their world and hereafter by providing aid and information to the government forces".
Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin expressed deep grief over the killing of five militants saying "every drop of their pious blood will give rise to thousands of such mujahideen".
In a statement to GNS, Salahuddin, who is also the chief of the United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of various militant organizations, said Kashmir University assistant professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Bhat joined the Hizb ranks only a day ago.
"He (Dr Rafi) proved it that one day of freedom is better than 100 years of slavery," he said.
The Hizb chief made the remarks while chairing a meeting of the command council called in the backdrop of the killing of five militants in Badigam village of south Kashmir's Shopian district.
"In their love for freedom of Kashmir, the mujahideen don't care about the network of informers spread by Indian forces across the state. The conscience of these informers is dead and the need of the hour is to remain vigilant of such merchants of faith. The use of cell phone also proves detrimental for mujahideen," he added.
Salahuddin also hailed the "courage and valour" of the people of Kashmir and said, "It is impossible to defeat the nation where people from every section of life take recourse to resistance." (GNS)