SRINAGAR Taking time out from electioneering, former chief minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday visited the Mir family in Bandipore of north Kashmir whose 11-year-old son was killed last week.
Omar, who is also the vice president of the National Conference, was in Baramulla when he decided to visit Hajin area of Bandipore and offer his condolences to the Mir family who are mourning the death of Atif Mir.
“Returning just now from Hajin where I had gone to condole the death of young Atif. Atif was an 11 year old boy, the only son of his parents, killed after he was taken hostage by militants last week,” Omar wrote on Twitter after the meeting.
“There can be nothing worse for a father than to lend shoulder to his young child’s coffin and nothing worse for a mother than to grieve at her young child’s grave. Kashmir has seen too much of this suffering heaped on parents,” he said.
“It was a heart-wrenching scene. It will take them a lot of time to overcome this grief. The parents and two elder sisters could not be consoled,” Omar told PTI after his meeting.
The killing evoked sharp reactions from locals who said it was not “jihad” (armed crusade) but “jahalat” (benighted).
The incident took place 33 km north of Srinagar where the militants had taken shelter in the boy’s house at gunpoint, police officials said on Friday.