‘Don’t cry, it’s a moment of pride,’ Zeenat’s father tells mourners

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Thousands gathered on Sunday at the native village of Zeenat-ul Islam, a commander of Al Badr outfit, who was killed in an encounter with the government forces on Saturday evening in Yaripora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo for The Kashmir Walla
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Shopian: As thousands gathered on Sunday to attend funeral procession of militant commander Zeenat ul Islam in Shopian, his father Ghulam Hassan Shah called his killing “a moment of pride” for him.

“I tell you not to wail over this,” said Shah. “It’s a moment of pride for me.” On him saying this, the crowd responded with massive sloganeering, he added, “Insha Allah we will achieve for what my son had been striving for.”

Thousands had gathered on Sunday at the native village of Zeenat-ul Islam, a commander of Al Badr outfit, who was killed in an encounter with the government forces on Saturday evening in Yaripora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, along with his associate.

Militants offered gun salute to militant commander Islam in Sugan area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday afternoon, eyewitnesses said.

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After multiple rounds of funeral prayers militants made their visibility in Zeenat’s native village Sugan, area of Shopian district and offered gun salute to the commander.

Eyewitnesses said that around 20 rounds were fired in air by the militants to pay tribute to Islam.

Meanwhile clashes are going on in Sugan and six civilians have received injuries, and scores of people have gathered there to see last glimpse of Zeenat’s face.

Zeenat was among the top militant commanders and in army’s most wanted list.