SRINAGAR: As the mortal remains of the martyred Army personnel who were killed in Sunjwan Fidayeen attack reached their native villages in Kashmir, a sea of mourners emerged to be the part of funeral prayers in their respective villages.
‘Anti-Pakistan and ‘Shaheed Ashraf Zindabad’ slogans reverberated amid deep anger among the people against Pakistan as the body of martyr Muhammad Ashraf Mir reached his native place in Kupwara district.
Witnesses said that rush of people made some of them restless and breathless as all wanted to have a last glimpse of martyr Subedar Ashraf Mir. Shortly, after the slain soldier’s body reached his native village thousands of mourners across the district rushed to Maidanpora, Lolab, where he was laid to rest.
At Ashraf Mir’s funeral procession, ‘Shaheed Ashraf Zindabad, Hindustan Zindabad, Pakistan Murdabad’ slogans were reverberating. According to his neighbours, Subedar Mir was a noble and humble person. “It is very difficult for us to find noble person like him in the entire village. We pay our tributes to his martyrdom. He died for his nation. We salute him,” they said.
Ghulam Mohidin Mir, father of Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir, said that his son was the only bread-earner of his family. “I have lost my son but I am happy because he got martyrdom for the Nation”, Mir said.
Same was the situation at martyr Lance Naik Mohammmad Iqbal Sheikh’s native village. In a rare sight, in the terrorist Burhan Wani’s home town, Tral in Pulwama district, a place also known for safe haven for terrorists, thousands attended the funeral prayers of martyr Iqbal, hailing from Reshipora, Pinglish in Tral area of Pulwama district.
In Reshipora, thousands of people from different villages including his neighbours and relatives had gathered near the house of Iqbal Sheikh after the bodies of Iqbal Sheikh and his father Mohi-ud-din Sheikh reached their home for burial.
Iqbal Sheikh is survived by his wife, one and a half years old son, brother and old mother. “I don’t believe yet that they both are dead. I was shocked after I heard the sad news,” said one of the mourner, Farooq Ahmed.
Similar situation was witnessed in Kewa Qazigund, where thousands of people including women and children attended the last rites of martyr Manzoor Ahmed.
“He was very much sincere and loyal to his family and to whole village. I can say one thing that we have lost the asset of our village. He has lost his life for the Nation. Whole village is mourning his martyrdom. He was father of two daughters. He was lone bread earner of his family. His mother is ill for last seven years, she can’t hear and say anything,” said Nazir Ahmed, neighbour of Manzoor.
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