When the going gets tough, the police go daft. Or so it seems, at least in the case of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
A song, which glorifies the Pakistan Air Force, has been used in a video to pay tributes to J&K Police personnel.
Sung by famed Pakistani boy Hammad Ali for the Pakistani forces, “meray wattan ye aqeedeten” is a patriotic song that went viral on social media bagging millions of hits since its release in September 2016.
With Hammad’s song being played in the background, a four-minute video made by the J&K police shows pictures of slain personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The video opens with visuals of a funeral: DGP SP Vaid and the IGP (Kashmir range) Sardar Muneer Ahmed Khan are seen carrying the coffin of their colleague.
The J&K Police’s video, inspired by the Pakistani anthem, also shows some emotional throwback pictures of the slain cops with their families, especially their children.
While the video is going viral, mainly among cops, police have posted this multimedia tribute on its official Facebook pages.
“We will continue to #serve our people and together we will get out of this quagmire of ugly violence. In the first line of defence & In frontline of battle against ugly storm of #terrorism, #J&K #Police #salutes its #martyrs (sic),” reads the message posted alongside the video on the official page of the district police, Baramulla.
A police official posted in Srinagar told this author that such videos have become a regular affair since social media is a preferred means of communication. “Our boys are exploring their talent and doing it on their own. They think that if others can use social media to spread their messages, why can’t we.”
As part of that same exercise, SHO Feroz Ahmed Dar had hosted an iftaar party for the civilians in his area just a few days before he was killed by militants. Since the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani on July 8, 2016, the situation in Kashmir continues to be edgy. At least 110 civilians were killed, over 17,000 wounded and more than 1,000 blinded in use of force by government forces.
While the civilians often accuse the police of unleashing atrocities on “fellow citizens”, the increasing attacks on cops have seen the department issuing multiple advisories asking police personnel to refrain from visiting their homes in volatile areas, on Eid Ul Fitr. The cops were also asked to refrain from offering congregational festival prayers at civilian mosques.
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