In that turbulent period in Kashmir another crisis which provoked Kashmiris to raise anti-India slogans created on Sunday. Thousands of people marched to pay homage to the dead militants. They waved Pakistani flags and raised pro-military slogans in the rally organized by separatists in Pulwama district. In the gathering, Abu Dujana, a top terrorist of the Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba was spotted, though the report is not confirmed. Locals said the top militant was in the rally with the fathers of dead militants.
People were mostly from Pulwama, Shopian, Pampore, Tral, Budgam and Awantipora and they gathered to pay tribute to the civilians and militants who were killed recently in the valley. Dujana is also a LeT Kashmir chief. According to reports, yesterday people were gathered and shouted slogans around him. Hurriyat conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and moderate faction head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called the rally and thousands of persons congregated at Kareemabad graveyard in Pulwama district. The families of the slain militants were also present at the rally and people were desperate to meet with the parents of militants who were killed.
Dozens of Pakistani flags waved in the valley and pro-military slogans chanted when people offered prayer in the graveyard. Lashkar-e-Toiba flags were also waved during the march. Dujana wearing a mask and was surrounded by a lot of people. Unconfirmed reports said some other militants were also present at the rally. But police officers said they have not any evidence to support their presence.
In recent anti-militancy operations several top Hizb militants were killed including Afaq Janbaz, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Naseer Ahmad Pandit and Abdul Rashid Bhat, they were from Kareemabad and adjacent districts. Shia cleric Ghulam Rasool Noori and JeI spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali said, “India has always been trying to create sectarian discord among us to fulfill their evil designs. We have to defeat it by getting united for one goal which is to seek ‘freedom from Indian occupation.”
Reports claimed banners eulogizing the militants were placed across the city and residents in the area decorated the graveyard and organized food and water for the people who came to visit the place. As said by Greater Kashmir, during the rally people were holding banners of top militants like Burhan Wani, Aafaq Bhat and Naseer Pandit and others from Phulwama and Shopian. Graffiti reading “Mujahids (militants) are our heroes; Pakistan Zindabad”, these lines were also spotted in many places. On the way, they shouted pro-Hizbul Mujahideen, pro-freedom, pro-Burhan and anti-India slogans.
Authorities closed many towns but the eager persons used local linked roads to reach the spot. Clashes continued in the valley and 20 people were injured on Sunday in Srinagar.
Now the question is why did the State Government allow this pro-militant rally in Kashmir? Well, there’s no official record regarding this.