TRAL: Jana Begum, the mother of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, was not shedding tears for her son amid the gathering of mourners at her home in Rathsuna village of Tral on Sunday.
“I have not wept, at all, over the martyrdom of my son. It was he who told me to not weep over his shahadat (martyrdom). I am keeping my promise to him,” Jana told Kashmir Reader.
Tears did come to her eyes, she said, when she was praying for the safety of her son when he was trapped in Saimoh village.
“Initially I refused to believe that my son was trapped, but late in the night one of our relatives called and told me to pray for him. Again, I did not believe it. Early in the morning, when boys started playing taranas (pro-freedom songs) from the local mosques, I had to accept the reality. At once I started praying for his safety,” she said.
Surrounded by relatives and women from the neighbourhood, Jana Begum kept his hands raised in prayers for her son. “Whenever he met me after joining militant ranks, he would only seek prayers from me. I pray to Allah to accept his shahadat. Even when he was alive I always prayed for his success,” she said.
Sabzar had joined militant ranks in April 2015 after snatching a CRPF soldier’s rifle at the Tral bus stand.
He is survived by aged parents, two brothers and a sister. His elder brother is married and has been living with his in-laws since his marriage. His younger brother and sister are unmarried.
Relatives and neighbours said that before he joined militant ranks, Sabzar had worked hard to help his father build a small concrete house. “He was physically strong. He would do the tough menial jobs to earn his living. A year before he joined militancy, he had started working at a food stall in Awantipora,” said one of his relatives.