Srinagar, Jan. 2 (TNS): Soon after thousands joined the funeral of martyred freedom fighter Fardeen Ahmad Khanday in Pulwama district’s Tral, his hometown, a video of 17-year-old Khanday went viral, in which he asks Kashmiris to join the “jihad” against India for Azadi.
“The rise in jihad has nothing to do with unemployment, as claimed by India; it is a reaction to Kashmir’s occupation by India,” the Khanday, the son of a police constable, is seen and heard saying in Urdu in the video.
“The kaffirs have occupied our land, the modesty of our women is at stake, so jihad becomes our duty … therefore, it becomes your duty to fight for Azadi,” he is heard saying.
A resident of Nazeen Pora in Tral, south Kashmir, Fardeen Khanday had joined the freedom movement in September 2017. His father is a serving police constable, Ghulam Mohammad Khanday.
In the video, which went viral, Fardeen is shown with an automatic rifle, surrounded by several hand grenades and other ammunition, asking Kashmiri Muslims to join the “jihad” as, according to him, India has taken away “our resources and is using them for their betterment”. “Besides, our women are not safe and, equally, men are tortured by Indian soldiers,” Khanday says in the video.
Fardeen and two other fidayeen were martyred when they had attacked a Indian CRPF training camp at Lathpora, in Pulwama district’s Awantipora, at 2 am on Sunday.
Five CRPF men were killed in that attack.