Militant outfits Hizbul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba and pro freedom parties have paid rich tributes to the Al Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam and his aide Shakeel Dar, who were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.

Paying glorious tributes to Zeenat  and his associate Shakeel Ahmad chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani in a statement said that “the youth are sacrificing their precious lives to end the forcible control of their nation and we are duty bound to carry their mission to its logical conclusion.”

“Since past three decades, our youth are nourishing the movement for right to self-determination with their precious blood, but New Delhi with its military might always responds brutally and beastly,” Geelani added.

Blaming Delhi’s “haughty and stubborn” approach for continuous bloodshed in the state, Geelani said, “we are a peaceful nation, but our youth are forced to adopt the extreme path as the peaceful voices are not responded.”

He said, “For the past 71 years we have seen only the brutal face of Delhi, lived a life of uncertainty, chaos and harassment, shouldered the coffins of our dear ones, witnessed only death and destruction all around. This gloomy situation has forced our highly educated youth to take the extreme steps. They prefer to rebel rather  than to live a life of slavery.”

Geelani said, “We are unfortunate that we lose our heroes so early as their un-dented commitment and visionary intellect would help to smoothen this struggle.”

Geelani condemned use of force on the mourners, who had gathered to attend the last rites of the slain militants.  “Every nation are proud of their youth and we too are indebted to our brave and conscious young generation and this oppressed nation,” he added. 


Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief, Syed Salahudin, deputy chief Saifullah Khalid and field operational commander Muhammad Bin Qasim paid rich tributes to Zeenat and his associate.

 “Al Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam was a brave freedom fighter and his martyrdom has conveyed a message to the outside world that Kashmiris would continue their struggle till it reaches its logical conclusion. The martyrdom of Zeenat-ul-Islam is painful for us,” operational spokesman of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Burhan-u-Din quoted Hizb supreme commander  Syed Salahudin as having said in a statement to a local news agency KNS.

The Hizb deputy chief Saifullah Khalid, said the family of Zeenat-ul-Islam has been the symbol of Kashmir  struggle. The field operational commander of the outfit Muhammad Bin Qasim said that “martyrdom of Zeenat-ul-Islam and his associate would further the cause of Kashmir struggle.”


Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah paid tribute to Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Dar and hailed their sacrifices.

Spokesperson of Lashkar-e-Toiba Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi  while quoting the outfit chief Mehmood Shah   in a statement to GNS  said, “Rulers have tried their best to suppress the indigenous struggle but have failed miserably.” 

He said that the US exit from Afghanistan has caused a drastic change in the recent developments. The US eviction from Afghanistan is a bad signal for New Delhi, he said.

“Delhi is facing defeat in all battles. The fundamental reason behind this defeat is the unity among people, freedom fighters and Hurriyat leadership,” he said.

“The nation which stands beside their Mujahideen brethren and buries them in groom’s appearance can never be frightened by death,” LeT chief said, adding, “This relationship is enriched with the faith-based belief and emotions of Islam.” 


Hurriyat Conference (M) paid glowing tributes to Zeenatul Islam and his aide Shabir Ahmed.  

In a statement a spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference (M) said, “The worst form of state oppression was once again on a display at Sugan village where forces showered mourners with bullets and pellets leaving dozens of youth injured many with bullet wounds.”

 The spokesman said, “Priceless sacrifices offered by the youth of Kashmir are the greatest asset of Kashmir movement and the resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir are duty bound to safeguard these sacrifices. A collective approach needs to be followed to take the mission of martyrs forward.”

He said, “It was because of the stubborn approach of New Delhi that Kashmir issue continues to remain lingering and that the iron fist policy of GOI was pushing youth to adopt armed means of resistance.” 

The spokesman urged people to forge unity on all fronts so that the ongoing movement is taken to its logical end. 


Terming Zeenat-ul-Islam as a shining star in the galaxy of martyrs, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) paid glowing tributes to Zeenat and his aide Shakeel Ahmad Dar.

 In a statement  a DFP spokesperson said, “Whole Kashmiri nation is in mourning  the death of Zeenat uI Islam and Shaheed Shakeel Ahmad as everybody here knows that youth like them are seldom produced.”

He said, “Kashmiri youth are sacrificing their precious lives for a sacred cause. It’s our responsibility to remain steadfast on our resolve and take the ongoing movement to its logical end.”  

The spokesman also condemned the use of force on mourners who had come to attend the last rites of the slain militants.