Thousands attended the funeral of slain Jaish –e- Mohammad (JeM ) militant, Parvaiz Ahmad Mir, who was killed in an encounter with government forces on Saturday at Sutoora area of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Three separate funeral prayers were offered for the slain militant, one at Pahoo, where the family of the deceased is temporary residing and two at Rakh-e- Lajoora, the native village of the militant.
Ghulam Qadir Mir, Pervaiz’s father, said that he had vowed to take bullets on his chest and he fulfilled his promise. “His chest was pierced by bullets and his face was mutilated,” he said.
A cousin of the slain militant said that the decision to join militant ranks was taken by Parvaiz while he was in jail. The villagers said that parvaiz’s elder brother Rayees Ahmad Mir and his uncle, Nazir Ahmad Mir, were sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case of their neighbour, Mushtaq Ahmad Kuchay.
“ In 2011 Nazir had brawl on a land dispute with his neighbour Mushtaq, who was hit with a stick and died at SMHS Srinagar after remaining unconscious for three days,” the villagers said, adding that Parvaiz, who was sentenced to seven years jail term at the age of 15 was not part of the fight. “On that fateful day he was not present in the village,” said a neighbour, adding that when Parvaiz was told about the quarrel he remained miffed with his family members and didn’t show up at home.
The villagers said that inside the jail he memorized the whole of the Quran at the age of 21.
The villagers said that Parvaiz was released from jail in May, 2017. Few weeks after his release from the jail, Parvaiz went missing and had joined militant ranks.
A cousin of the slain militant said that he had showed his intention to join militants, even before the family brawl lead him to the jail.
“Jail life intensified his conviction,” he said. Parvaiz had passed matriculation examinations before he was arrested in the murder case.
The villagers remember him as a humble, but reticent boy. He was such a good person that even Mushtaq’s family members too participated in his funeral, said a villager, Mukhtar.