ZAHID FAROOQ 2ND DEATH ANNIVERSARY
Father decides to approach SC
Srinagar, Feb 5: Family of teenage boy, Zahid Farooq, allegedly killed by paramilitary BSF men on this day in 2010 at Brein Nishat, is yet to come at terms with life.
The intense grief of his son’s “murder” and “lackadaisical” approach of the government to bring perpetrators to justice, has strengthened the resolve of Zahid’s father, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh to carry on with his fight for justice more vigorously. “I will approach Supreme Court and file a Special Leave Petition within one week. The petition which I will be filing is a demand for justice not only for my son, Zahid, but for all those who were killed in cold blood in Kashmir,” Farooq told Greater Kashmir.
“Whether my son gets justice or not but the main idea of my filing the petition in Supreme Court is to fight against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which gives immunity to soldiers even after they kill innocents. I will fight against the draconian law,” he said.
Farooq Ahmad said that not a single separatist leader visited his home on Zahid’s second killing anniversary. “On the very first day when Zahid was martyred every separatist leader buzzed-in here but it seems two years after they have forgotten the date when an innocent boy was brutally murdered,” Farooq said.
He said the tall promises of Chief Minister, have ultimately proven hollow. “Whenever he (Omar Abdullah) would speak at a function, he would point to my son’s case and ensure that his government will punish the guilty. But till date nothing has been done,” he lamented.
After two years of Zahid’s nonexistence, his home is bleak. His mother was wailing in kitchen. This reporter overheard her wails she ensured that her cries do not penetrate the walls of her home.
Farooq said Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, had also ensured them the clear proceedings in the case. “The case has been frozen at Ministry of Home Affairs, never to proceed,” he said.
The elder cousin of Zahid Farooq, Sheikh Nasir, asserted that the family of Zahid can even approach the International Court of Justice and fight to get justice for Zahid. “State government has left us halfway; but we will take the case to every platform wherever it may be,” he said adding state government’s indifference had disappointed them.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 5 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 5 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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