People mourn Kashmiri soldier’s death

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: A career in Army as a soldier has been frowned upon for most of the past 20 years in Kashmir but the times seem to be changing now as was evident from the scenes witnessed at the funeral of Kashmiri soldier Shabir Ahmad Malik in Wakura area of Ganderbal district.

Malik, a para-trooper in the Army, laid down his life fighting a large number of militants who had infiltrated into this side of Line of Control in Chowkibal area of Kupwara district on March 20.

It was not only the Malik family who were mourning the loss of their 22-year-old son but the eyes of entire Wakura village were moist as they raised slogans in praise of the martyr and India.

Long Live Shabir and Hindustan Zindabad slogans rendered the air around Wakura as many youth vowed to follow the footsteps of Malik. According to official estimates, more than 5000 people attended the funeral prayers of the Army soldier.

Such scenes have been repeated across Kashmir valley hundreds, if not thousands of times, over the past two decades but the tears were shed for militants who were killed in encounters with security forces and slogans were against India.

“We are proud of what he has done but at the same time we are saddened by his loss,” Ghulam Mohammad Malik, Shabir’s brother, told reporters soon after laying him to rest at Dab-Wakura graveyard.

His mother is barely able to talk as she still is in disbelief that her son is no more. “I was with him at the passing out parade and he used to call me three times a day. Now, who will call me,” Raja Begum said as she broke into wails and cries for her beloved son.

Shabir’s father was inconsolable. “When he joined the Army, he told me that our days of poverty are gone and that he will take care of my treatment. His promise was so shortlived,” Ghulam Hassan Malik said.

Even the neighbours were deeply struck by the grief as they recalled the helpful and soft spoken local boy. “Generally, people get airs when they get authority … he had no such airs. He was the same local lad even after joining the Army that he used to be when he was as a growing teenager,” Abdul Ahad, one of the mourners, said.

Malik had studied upto 12th standard from the prestigious Sainik School Manasbal and joined Army soon after.
Excelsior Special Correspondent
source:daily excelsior

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9 Comments

  1. dhiraj
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    India is proud of Shabir Ahmed Malik.His sacrifice will not go in vain

    i wish Govt provides enough help to the suffered family

  2. python_indian
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ahmed being a kashmiri muslim has lead from front
    Sainik school must be proud of producing such high caliber officers in indian army

    May god rest his soul in peace

  3. Posted March 28, 2009 at 5:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    Mr. Shabir Ahmed Malik is a brave Indian soldier and we are all proud of him and inspired by him.

    To attach labels of Muslim, Hindu, Kashmiri, whatever is not fair or correct. He laid his life for India, fighting for his country.

    Let us take inspiration from valour.

  4. Rohit Wanchoo
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Brave boy . Sacrifised for his country early in his life.

  5. Dr Shoaib Abrar
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 4:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    A death is a death , whether it’s on this side or that….

    When an Indian soldier dies, the loss is equally huge for his family as in case of a Pakistani soldier…. Afterall, we all are humans…

    We , as responsible people should press for the solution of all such chronic problems as Kashmir, if we want to end this death and destruction of human lives….

    May God give peace to the departed soul and give enough strength to his family to bear this loss….

  6. manzoor
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 9:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    i am not sure abt the intentions of the blogger that what he is trying to suggest. if it is just a mourning of a young guy there should be no reason for the pro indian ppl to be pleased. it has been quite clear from the resent agitations and rallies after elections that what kashmiri’s really want….

  7. Ajay
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    ha sory to say that 5000 odd people coming out of their homes and join the funral prayers of solider, some poeple still say that what Kashmiri’s want.
    The so called “promise” to “peblicite” if was made , it was for entire J&K, why it is being asked by some so called leaders of Kashmir, we should not divide county on the basis of religion. As people of Jammu , Ladakh , Kashmiri Pundits, Sikhs and large no of Kashimir Muslim brothers do not want divisions on the basis of religion. Indian was not a single country ever, it was united by merer of small regions which was governed by different rulers. Have they asked for divide.
    Why it is being asked for Indian side of kashmir, can same “strugle of freedom” be started from POK.

  8. Showkat.1460
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    I miss him a lot.he was realy brave& helpful

  9. kashmiripandit
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    thank you! soldier … we love you..
    i am surprsd to see a muslim kashmiri who fought for india, i too got 3 brothers in the army but when my bro told me that there are faithful muslims i refused to believe now i cant debait on that my brothers are in the army captn and at the border too… and i hope God bless his family because im a sister of army captns and each day we are so proud …to see them doing something worth for our country.
    kashmir is the land of india,
    pakistan has got nothing to do with kashmir… i mean what i say, i hope somday when i have kids they too will be army officers and fight for right, soon kashmiri people (anti indians) or civilians in kashmir (muslims) will know that we are not against their religion but the land id ours, u can still live in kashmir and be a muslim, bt one thing kashmir is not going anywhere.
    DUDH MANGOGE TOH KHEER DEINGE, KASHMIR MANGOGE TOH CHEER DEINGE! KASHMIR IS A CROWN FOR INDIA. I LOVE MY KASHMIR. JAI HIND

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