SRINAGAR: Three days after the devastating quake hit the Himalayan state Nepal, a Kashmiri businessman remains untraced. And with no response from the Jammu Kashmir Government Helpline forthcoming, the aggrieved family Monday contacted the external affairs ministry (EAM) for information about the missing ward.
Identified as Javed Shah of Dalgate, the young businessman is the younger brother of Hurriyat (M) spokesman, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam.
Javed’s ailing and elderly mother Sakina Shah expressed dismay over indifference of the local government’s helpline. Talking to Kashmir Reader, she said: “We called them a number of times seeking information about my missing son. However, the officials did not bother to respond to my queries.”
Sakina, however, got the response from the MEA. An official from the ministry called her twice Monday.
“Javed Shah was not among the twenty-five persons from Jammu Kashmir traced out Sunday. He was not among the two injured as well. The search for him continues. We will get back to you as soon as we get information about him,” he said.
The family has been trying on its own to ascertain Javed’s whereabouts but the efforts have went in vain.
THE Chief Minister, Mufti Muhamammd Sayed while talking to reporters here Monday said two people from the State have lost their life. “They are from Jammu. We are in touch with the families (of those who are missing). We are monitoring the situation,” he said.
Javed, 36, had his initial schooling from Burnhall School. He graduated from SP College and in 1995 went to Kathmandu for earning a livelihood. Shah deals in Kashmir arts.
Nepal was hit by a devastating quake last week killing around 3500 persons and injuring thousands. The deceased include a father-son duo from Jammu. The death toll is expected to increase further.