Tariq had promised to see his new-born daughter

Greater Kashmir

Kulgam, Sep 23: Tariq Ahmad Mir of Wukai village here met his wife Parveena and newborn baby girl for the last time at a local hospital.
The two-month old child was keeping unwell for some time and Tariq had asked his wife, who had gone to her parents’ house at Mattijan in Shopian, to bring her to hospital for treatment.
The family spent brief time together at the hospital and before leaving, Tariq assured Parveena of visiting them in next few days.
“His daughter had brought real happiness in Tariq’s life and he would always discuss her after returning from work,” said Gulzar Ahmad, Tariq’s brother. “He was planning to visit the in-laws in two days.”
However the day will never come. 26-year old Tariq, who got married to Parveena in May 2012, was one of the four persons killed in CRPF firing in Gagran Shopian on September 7.
The baby girl is an orphan now and Parveena a widow.
Tariq’s body was kept in Shopian police station for identification for hours. One of his cousins broke the tragic news to Ghulam Nabi Mir, Tariq’s father on phone that evening.
“I gathered myself and left for Shopian to bring his body for burial,” said a frail looking Mir.
Mir had heard about a firing incident in Shopian that afternoon, not knowing his son was one among the killed.
For the entire day the father in Mir had been restless for the safety of his son after he had insisted Tariq not to go for work in the morning.
When Tariq did not return home by evening, Mir said, he grew worried and tried to reach him on his cell phone. But an unfamiliar voice greeted Mir on the other side.
“I am not Tariq; I found this cell phone on roadside,” the person on the other side responded from Tariq’s cell phone before dropping the line.
“Bad thoughts came to my mind. I grew restless and tried to contact every relative in Shopian to know the whereabouts of my son before we came to know about the tragedy that had befallen us,” Mir said.
Running a small-time walnut business, Tariq had left for Shopian on the day to strike a business deal. He would purchase walnut from small fruit growers and later sell them to a dealer to earn livelihood.
“He would never shy away from doing any work which would to add to his earnings,” said Gulzar.
“They snatched him from us. They will be held accountable hereafter,” said Mir, bedded in his room on first floor.
Downstairs, Tariq’s mother Hafeeza and his wife are inconsolable. Their wails occasionally pierce the silence in the house.