Even distress calls from family didn’t help…

Srinagar: Ashiq Hussain Bhat was among the two militants killed in Pahnoo village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday evening.

Police recovered his body seven kilometers from Pahnoo where the Army had fired upon two vehicles when they allegedly tried to flee from a Mobile Vehicle Check Post. Bhat was a resident of Rakh Karpan.

In November last year, the family members of Ashiq Hussain Bhat had pleaded him to shun the violence and return home.

The family had hoped that after footballer Majid Khan’s return to home from the Lashkar ranks, their son would pay heed to their pleas. However, he never responded to their calls.

A video of the family of Ashiq Hussain Bhat went viral in which the parents and wife of the Bhat were seen crying and pleading him to return to his family.

“We have no other support other than him and we are dying,” his father Mohammad Ishaq Bhat was seen saying in the video.

“I appeal that my son should return home. He was a laborer and feeding us. I will lock this house and poison ourselves if he doesn’t return,” mother of Bhat was seen in the video saying.

His wife was seen saying that her life has been ruined and that she wants her husband to come back.

“We have no support except him. I only want him to come back.”

Ashiq was buried today among the sea of mourners in his native village. His colleagues offered him a gun salute at his funeral despite army’s helicopters doing rounds in air to maintain surveillance. He was known as Abu Maaz in the Lashkar ranks.  


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