ather of three children, Subedar Mohammed Ashraf Mir of Lolab Kupwara was among five soldiers killed in the militant attack on the Army camp in Sunjwan Jammu.
The death of the young and people-friendly officer has left his family devastated and villagers grieving .
Trying to hold back tears, speaking to the media at Madanpora Lolab, the slain officer’s father Gulam Mohi-ud-din Mir recalled how he sensed something was not right when he saw the news about the attack on Saturday.
“After hearing the news, I rushed to watching the news on television and doubts started creeping in my mind when I heard that an officer of JAKLI was also killed and that he was a JCO-Subidar. Then I got a phone call from an officer informing me about Ashraf’s martyrdom and that was it,” he said.
“It has been almost three months since he was away on duty. He has three kids, and was the sole bread-earner and support for us – his wife, children, I, my wife and his two sisters and a brother. Who will now take care and look after us?” said elderly Mir.
He said that both India and Pakistan must end this bloodshed by initiating talks and settle this Kashmir issue once for all so that more fathers like him have to see their young sons’ funerals.
“This bloodshed and violence must end. I appeal Prime Minster Narinder Modi, Mehbooba Mufti and all leaders of both India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue so that people can live a peaceful life,” he added.
“Like my son, whosoever is killed in this violence is someone’s dear and beloved,” he added.
While the family is mourning the son’s death, locals say that they have lost a people-friendly and brave villager who would take risks to save others.
“He was very friendly, a great human-being. He was very helpful and brave,” said Nazir Ahmed, a native of the village. “We can’t put his character and behavior in words. He was a lovely soul which we have lost.”