KHUDWANI (Kulgam): As people were offering funerals and jostling to have a last glimpse of slain Lashkar commander Junaid Mattoo amid scorching heat at Eidgah in Khudwani, his aged father Manzoor Ahmad Matoo stayed calm in a corner of a room in his modest house. He did not appear to be in a state of mourning and talked normally to everyone visiting him for condolences.
“Why should I mourn? My son died as a martyr. Congratulations to his martyrdom. Many people had desired such a death but Allah grants it to his dear ones only. It has to be ones ultimate goal,” Manzoor Ahmad, father of Junaid told Kashmir Reader.
Junaid along with his two associates Adil Ahmad Sofi from Pampore and Naseer Ahmad Shiekh from Hef Shopian were killed in a daylong encounter with government forces on Friday at Arwani.
Before being killed, Junaid texted his family on Friday and sought their prayers.
“At around 7 am, he texted and informed us that he was trapped. He sought our prayers for acceptance of his martyrdom,” his aged father said.
Junaid, who had joined militant ranks soon after seeking admission for bachelors degree in Anantnag college in 2014, is also survived by three brothers, all elder to him and two sisters, one of them married. His mother had died of cancer when he was only 14. “He would never talk of Kashmir movement or Jihad before joining militancy. But he was deeply religious since his childhood and would participate in pro-freedom protests. For a couple of days after he went missing I made some efforts to bring him back but then I gave up searching for him,” Junaid’s father said.
One of the Junaid’s brother, Parvez Ahmad was released today after three months. “He was arrested some three months ago on false charges of supporting militancy and was released this morning to offer funeral prayers for his younger brother. His crime actually was that he was the brother of a militant,” Manzoor said.