No Eid festivities for north Kashmir families whose loved ones were killed this year

No Eid festivities for north Kashmir families whose loved ones were killed this year

Sopore: There will be no Eid festivities for the families who lost their loved ones in the spate of mysterious killings in north Kashmir this year.
For Sakeena Muzafar, whose husband, Bashir Ahmad and 3-year-old child, Burhan were killed by unidentified gunmen in Sopore last week, life seems to have lost its meaning.
Sakeena had planned to buy new clothes and toys for her two kids including slain Burhan on this Eid.
“I have no reason to celebrate. With their death, my life has beome meaningless. said Sakeena amid sobs.
Bashir Ahmad was killed while his son, Burhan, was injured after unknown gunmen shot at them from close range on September 18 near his residence in Sagipora ,Sopore.
Burhan succumbed to his injuries on the next morning.
Bashir Ahmad, according to Sakeena, too had planned many things for this Eid and one among them was buying a sacrificial animal for the first time. “His wish died with him,” she said.
Accounts from other affected families are as painful as that of Sakeena.
Sopore resident, Tariq Ahmad Bhat , whose elder brother Khursheed Ahmad Bhat, a shopkeeper, was killed by unknown gunmen in June this year, said that he would miss him on Eid.
“It is too painful to celebrate Eid without him being among us,” Tariq said.
The family of Rafiq Akbar Hanji of Pahro Handwara, who died in May after an attack by unidentified gunmen on a BSNL showroom in Sopore, has made sure to buy a sacrificial animal this Eid.
Rafiq’s brother, Wasim Ahmad said his brother had insisted on sacrificing an animal last year. “We could not afford to buy an animal due to financial constraints that time. This year we are sacrificing an animal but unfortunately Rafiq is no more,” Wasim said.