Kashmir’s Other Reality

Gloom descends slain JCO Ashraf, Havaldar Habibullah, Manzoor and Iqbal’s villages

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Neighbours appeal Modi to hold talks with Pak to end bloodshed

Gloom descends slain JCO Ashraf, Havaldar Habibullah, Manzoor and Iqbal’s villages

Rising Kashmir News

Srinagar, Feb 11:

 Kashmir is a story of many realities, and the mourning of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Muhammad Ashraf Mir in Maidanpora village in north Kashmir’s picturesque Lolab valley is it’s yet another reality.
A pall of gloom descended Maidanpora as people heard about the death Mir who was among five army personnel killed in Sunjuwan Army camp attack in Jammu on Saturday.
A large number of people in the Maidanpora village area are recruited in the Indian Army or Jammu and Kashmir Police.
While most people in Maidanpora were unaware of the death of Mir, they came to know about the news when media persons reached the village.
Mir’s father was aware about his death as his grandson Salman Ashraf, who was also in the camp at the time of attack, had called him to break the news.
Mir’s father used to live with him in a family of seven.
“Last week we spoke over phone when he reached the camp from training and when we came to know about the attack, we were very upset,” he said.
Another brother of Mir is also in the Army and is posted in Jammu.
An elder brother of Mir, a farmer by profession, said: “Now I will also join the Army.”
Mir worked with the Indian Army for 23 years and is survived by three children – Salman Ashraf, Rashid Ashraf and Tamana Ashraf - wife Mafooza Begum and parents.
The neighbors of Mir appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold talks with Pakistan to end bloodshed in the region.
Mir’s neighbor Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din said, “The government should initiate talks with Pakistan to end this bloodshed. It is Kashmiris who are getting killed on both the sides. Children are losing their parents and are orphaned here. I want to ask Prime Minister Modi, why is he turning a blind eye toward the crisis in Kashmir. If he visits foreign lands why cannot he talk to Pakistan and end bloodshed here.”
Ghulam Nabi Khan said: “Our appeal to the government is to look after his family. They should be given benefits so that the family would not suffer.”
Another neighbor Ghulam Nabi Khan said: “We want the government to take care of his family and provide them all the benefits they deserve.”
Batpora village in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district is also in gloom over the killing of Havaldar Habibullah Qureshi.
Qureshi is survived by wife Hameeda Banoo and a girl child Masrat Jan.
His family was also living in the camp and was there at the time of the attack.
Nayik Manzoor Ahmad Deva of Kewer Qazigund is survived by wife Afroza Akhtar and two minor daughters – Rutba Manzoor and Adeeba Manzoor.
People had gathered at the residence of Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh at Nigeenpora, Hafooo in Tral area of Pulwama district.
Iqbal and his father Ghulam Mohidin Sheikh were killed Saturday morning in the attack.
Ghulam Mohidin Sheikh went to Jammu a month before and was staying with his son in the Army camp when attack took place.
Iqbal is survived by his wife Shabnam Banoo and son Asrar-ul-Haq.



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