Srinagar, January 22: A 70-year old resident of Rawalpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, Zaiba breathed her last on Thursday. She used to carry a picture of her disappeared son in the pocket of her pheran, longing for him to return.
She died just two days after her family performed ‘Gaibana Jinazah’ (funeral in absentia) of her lost son, Manzoor Ahmad Dar. She was living in the hope of the return of her son whom she used to call ‘yaar’ and died longing for him after the the funeral prayer concluded.
He was a chemist in the Rawalpora area and went missing in 2002, after he was arrested by Army on January 19.
“She had this never ending hope of my father to return. Even last morning, she told me that ‘yaar’ (Manzoor) had a prayer for her” said Bilkees Manzoor, daughter of Manzoor Dar.
Pertinently, the funeral in absentia was organised after a special investigation team of the J&K Police, in its report to the High Court on November 24, 2015, stated that the “disappeared person could have died in the custody of 35 Rashtriya Rifles”.
When Bilkees was asked if her grandmother was aware of funeral prayer being organized for for Manzoor after 14 years of wait, Bilkees said that the funeral prayers had ended her hopes and she found no reason to stay and left for the heavenly abode.