ISLAMABAD: When the world are observing Mother’s Day today, thousands of Kashmiri mothers continue to wait for the return of their sons subjected to disappearance in custody by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir over the past 30 years.
The Research Section of Kashmir Media Service (KMS) issued a report on Mother’s Day today. The report said Indian Army killed 95,353 Kashmiris including women and children from 1989. The occupied forces martyred as many as 22,901 men and widowed their wives. They also raped with 11,120 women disgraced or molested during the period.
The resistance leader Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen are illegally detained in Tihar Jail on false cases.
The report pointed out that the troops had subjected over 8,000 Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the period. The mothers of majority of these disappeared people had been waiting for their return.
Second Sunday of May is observed as Mother’s Day since 1914.
Wait could not end
Thousands Kashmiri mothers in Indian Occupied Kashmir are waiting for return of their sons. After decades, their wait could not end and some of them died. Meanwhile, several Kashmiri mothers including Haseena Begum died whose son Syed Anwar Shah disappeared on 21 July 2000. He was wall painter and Indian troops arrested in Srinagar.
Mahtaba Begum hailing from Kashmir’s far-off village Karhama died while looking for her son. Indian troops arrested her son during a crackdown in 1990. Her son son Mohammad Yaqub Khan was a laborer.
Misra begum of Bemina’s boatman colony died in the desolation of her only son Shabbir Hussain Gasi. Indian Army arrested her son 21 January 2000. Hameeda Parveen died in 2012 after searching with the hope that her son would one day return to home. Her son was s student.
Zoona Begum hailing from Raj Bagh whose son disappeared in May 1996. Indian forces detained her son during raided from his house. Her son Imtiyaz Ahmad was a forester. Zoona died in 2011 while waiting for her son to return home.
Haleema Begum hailing from Batamaloo area died in February this year. She struggled for the last 23 years in search of her son, Basharat Ahmad Shah, who was studying at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Indian forces arrested Basharat on 7 January 1990 from Sopore area.