Zeenat-ul-Islam's Funeral
Thousands of people participate in Zeenat-ul-Islam's funeral at his native village

Shopian: Ghulam Hassan Shah, father of slain Al-Badr militant commander, Zeenat-ul-Islam on Sunday said that it was a moment of pride for him and God willing, his son achieved what he had been striving for.

According to eye witnesses, Zeenat-ul-Islam’s father Ghulam Hassan Shah while addressing a mammoth gathering at his son’s funeral asked people not to weep, cry and wail as it was a moment of pride for him that his son died while fighting forces and returned home as a ‘martyr’.

“I tell you not to wail over this. It’s a moment of pride for me,” GH Shah told the gathering, to which massive sloganeering erupted. He said that the struggle that his son had set foot on will not go waste.

“In Sha Allah, we will achieve what my son had been striving for,” Shah said.

Thousands participated in the slain militant’s funeral and locals claimed that at least five funeral prayers were offered.

Militants also appeared in the funeral and offered gun salute to their associate.

Local people said that while Army had been clashing with youth around the area, militants appeared and gave gun salute to Zeenat-ul-Islam.

South Kashmir is on boil since the news of the killing of Zeenat-ul-Islam along with another associate yesterday.

Massive clashes erupted in Kulgam after Army blocked all the entry points for people trying to have a last glimpse and participate in funeral prayers of militant commander, Zeenat-ul-Islam.

Locals said that the government forces have laid barricades on roads and even movement through orchards was halted. “Clashes erupted between people and government forces as the latter did not allow people to go to Zeenat’s funeral,” they said.

Reports said that the government forces opened aerial gunfire to disperse the marching people. “Injuries are being reported from various places where clashes took place,” they said.

At least eight people have been injured including one critically amid clashes that erupted in the area. According to reports forces used live ammunition to disperse the protesters.

Hospital authorities at District Hospital Pulwama confirmed that they have received eight injured. “Eight injured with bullet injuries were brought to hospital among them one is critical,” they said.

Chief cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the use of force on mourners. He said that the use of force on mourners was against basic ethos of humanity and democracy.

A Bachelor in Science, Zeenat-ul-Islam had joined militant ranks in 2008 and was associated with Al-Badr.

On Saturday, Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Dr Usman and his associate were were killed in a shootout in the Kathpora village in Yaripora.

Zeenat-ul-Islam (30) was listed in police records as category A++ militant and carried a bounty of Rs 12.5 lakh on his head. (KNO)

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