Ayend (Shopian): Sameer Ahmad Sheikh, son of Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh, joined militant ranks on April 17 this year and on Tuesday was laid to rest at his native village of Ayend-Rawalpora after six rounds of funeral prayers.
According to local sources, he has left behind his elderly parents with whom he was living. He had three brothers who live separately and two sisters who are married.
Arshid Ahmad, a local, told Kashmir Reader that Sameer was pious, honest and religious minded. “After competing matriculation he took admission at an Islamic seminary. He belongs to a well-off family. Their orchards fetch them 2000 boxes of apples,” he said, adding that no ISIS slogans or flags were raised during the funeral of Sameer.
Rayees Ahmad, another villager from Ayend, said that Sameer was the first martyr from their village since insurgency broke out in Kashmir.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that twelve-thousand mourners attended the funeral prayers and several Pakistani flags were raised at the funeral ground.
Witnesses said that at least nine militants appeared during the funeral prayers and offered several rounds of gun salute to Sameer. At the sight of the militants, people raised loud pro-freedom, anti-India, pro-Islam and pro-Pakistan slogans, eyewitnesses said.
Arshid Ahmad added that ISIS slogans and flags are “state-sponsored propaganda meant to defame our indigenous movement. Our movement has no global agenda.”