KASHMIR, Aug 30 : With tears rolling down her face continuously, eight-year-old Zohra had only one thing to say at her father’s funeral. “I miss my papa. I will become a doctor when I grow up,” Zohra said as her voice choked and cracked.
The haunting image of an inconsolable Zohra has now gone viral in the Valley. Her father Abdul Rashid Peer was killed in a terror attack in Anantnag while on duty.
The little girl was still in her school uniform and her hands covered with henna, which she had applied as her elder sister was to get married soon, when she was hurriedly picked to be at her father’s wreath laying ceremony.
The 55-year-old police officer was shot by unidentified gunmen in the Mehandi Kadal area of Anantnag on Monday as he was returning to the local police station from his duty point.
Zohra is Abdul Rashid’s youngest child. His 24-year-old son Faisal, who serves as Special Police Officer (SPO), recalled how his father was there for everyone.
“My father was good to everyone,” said Faisal.
In a moving Facebook post addressed to Zohra, a top Kashmir police officer said, “Your tears have shaken many hearts.The sacrifice made by your father will always be remembered. You are too young to understand as to why this happened.”
“Every drop of your tear sears our heart. May almighty give us the strength to go ahead with our mission of rendering services for the betterment of the society.The vow that we have taken when we donned the uniform stands supreme,” the post on DIG of Police South Kashmir page read..
The trend of such murderous attacks on policemen in Kashmir has increased off-late. Several militant groups have even issued warning to the J&K police regarding such attacks. The security agencies believe that militant groups were targeting policemen in what they believe was retaliation of a major offensive against them in the Valley.
Several top terror commanders have been killed across the region by security forces since July last year when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was gunned down.