“Don’t communalise martyrs,” was Northern Command chief General Devraj Anbu’s answer today, when asked to comment on politician Asaduddin Owaisi identifying a day earlier that five of the seven people killed in the recent Kashmir terror attack were Muslims.
“We don’t communalize martyrs, those making statements don’t know the Army well,” said Anbu.
His comment was in answer to a question about AIMIM chief Owaisi’s comments from yesterday.
Owaisi yesterday pointed out that those who quarry Indian Muslims’ loyalty are way off base. As an example, he brought up the fact that most of the seven people who were killed in an attack on an Army camp in Jammu on Saturday were Muslim.
“Those who call Indian Muslims Pakistani should learn something from this. We (Muslims) are sacrificing our lives (for the country,” said Owaisi, according to ANI news agency.
Four of the six Army men killed in the attack were identified as Kashmiris. They are Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Habibullah Qureshi, Manzoor Ahmed Deva and Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh. One civilian Ghulam Mohiuddin Sheikh, the father of one of the slain Army men, was also among the total seven people killed.
In the meanwhile, thousands of people yesterday defied terror threats and turned up to pay their respects at the funeral for the four Kashmiri soldiers , who were killed in the daring Saturday attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad operatives at the Army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu.
A big crowd gathered at Reshipora village of south Kashmir’s Tral region, where the bodies of Iqbal Sheikh and his father Mohiuddin Sheikh were brought for the funeral. “They never hurt anyone,” said one of the neighbours about the father-son duo.
Familiar scenes were witnessed at Kewa village in Anantnag district, where the body of Manzoor Ahmad Deva, draped in the Tricolour, was brought for the last rite. And in north Kashmir, thousands participated in the last rites of Mohammad Ashraf Mir, whose body reached his village Lolab.
Separately in the east of the country, in Bihar, thousands also showed up to pay tribute to CRPF jawan Mujahid Khan in Arrah. He lost his life in an encounter with terrorists in Karan Nagar in Srinagar yesterday.