(Kashmir) The Real Symbol of Kashmiryat: Muslims performed last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit in Tral

 “We are thankful to our Muslim neighbors who treat us like a family. We never felt that we are from a different religion. We are the real symbol of Kashmiryat,” said the Kashmiri Pandit lady, Neelam’s father- in- law at the cremation ground…….

By WordForPeace.com

Ashok who clung to his roots and refused to leave the valley during 90s runs a bakery shop outside his house at Batnag market. Shedding tears Ashok was seen being consoled by his Muslim associates.

When a Kashmiri Pandit lady, Neelam (32) died of heart attack here at Batnag area of Tral in Pulwama district on Tuesday, her Muslim neighbours immediately rushed towards her house to console her family.

They not only mourned at her demise, but also performed her last rites. According to the family of the deceased, Neelam by Tuesday morning complained of severe chest pain and within ten minutes expired.  Her death evoked a hysterical reaction from her kids. The neighbors mostly Muslims thronged Neelam’s house to console her family including her two little kids.

Neelam, according to her husband, Ashok Kumar died due to cardiac arrest. “Since yesterday evening she was not feeling well. I was planning to take her to Sub District Hospital Tral but she died within no time,” Ashok said.

Ashok who clung to his roots and refused to leave the valley during 90s runs a bakery shop outside his house at Batnag market. Shedding tears Ashok was seen being consoled by his Muslim associates.

As the news of her death broke, locals were inconsolable. A tearful Mohammad Yousuf said: “She was just like my mother and used to  treat me like her own son.”

People from adjoining villages Tral-I-Bala, Tral-I-Payeen reached her house to participate in her last rites.

At least three Muslim women in her neighborhood fainted when they saw Neelam lying dead. “It is a tragic loss for our colony as we lost a polite and a dear  friend. We will always miss her, “ said Lovely, Neelam’s childhood friend.

Until their relatives from Jammu would reach Tral, the Muslims had kept all the arrangements ready for the last rites.

Ashok’s next door neighbour Bashir Ahmed Bhat says:

“This is our primary duty to help our neighbours irrespective of their religion. Ashok is our neighbour and Islam teaches us to fulfill the rights of neighbour.”

“We are thankful to our Muslim neighbors who treat us like a family. We never felt that we are from a different religion. We are the real symbol of Kashmiryat,” said Neelam’s father- in- law at the cremation ground.

Written by: IRFAN AMIN MALIK

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