Yet another innocent Kashmiri became the victim of Indian terror last night. Mohiuddin Malik, a carpenter, was murdered by soldiers of the Indian occupation force, CRPF, when they barged into his house and shot him dead at Khaigam, Pakharpoor. "He is survived by his wife and four minor children" reads the news story. (read the dreadful news here)
How can I even do justice to this story and truly express how I feel. How can anyone even fathom what the family of Mohiuddin must be feeling at this moment. How can anyone predict what miseries lay ahead for his widow and orphaned children. How the criminal acts of Indian soldiers turned their whole life upside down in a matter of a few minutes. How can we block emotions from overwhelming us knowing that his wife and kids will be crying themselves to sleep from now on and can never get an answer to why this had to happen to them. Thinking about this just tears you from the inside. Knowing that the murderers will go scott free just makes it that much more bitter to swallow. And the most atrocious fact is that perhaps a few days from now I will probably be here trying to express my sorrow for yet another innocent Kashmiri who will have become the target of some other criminal Indian soldier's ire in a different part of Kashmir.
Are these unprovoked murders of innocent Kashmiris a payback for raising our voices against the Bomai Killings? Is it to provoke another wave of armed insurgency so the criminal Indian forces are not stripped of the AFSPA?
Nobody has the answers. Why now? Why all of a sudden this renewed terror by the Indians?
This story is very personal because my village is not very far from Khaigam. On our walk to Yusmarg, we used to pass through Khaigam. Many of my childhood friends are from Khaigam. I perhaps had personally known Mohiuddin.
I guess what this murder proves is that we all have to wait for our turns to become targets of Indian terrorist soldiers.
I also will not be surprised that yet another inquiry will be called; a murder case will be filed against the personnel involved; a lot of lip service will be provided by politicians, and that's as far as it will go.
The murderers will never be punished. That is the fact of life in Kashmir.