Tral, (IRFAN AMIN MALIK):On Saturday, 19-year-old Sarshad Ahmed Dar alias Aquib Molvi was getting ready to lead his first Taraweeh prayers at Jamia Masjid Noorpora here. But fate had something else in store for him.
In afternoon, he heard about the killing of two militants at Saimoh village of Tral. He rushed to the village on his bike along with his two friends to participate in the funeral prayers of the slain militants. Barely an hour later, his family received Sarshad’s body.
“He took a bath, wore green clothes, sprayed perfume on his clothes and left home on his two-wheeler. One hour later his friends were carrying his body towards his house,” said Riyaz Ahmed, his uncle.
Sarshad, a Hafiz-e-Quran was studying at Darul Uloom Panzgam. He was supposed to spend Ramadan vacations at home. “But little did we know that he will pass away before Ramadan,’ he said.
Riyaz said that Sarshad usually remained at Darul Uloom. “He was all set to lead Taraweeh prayers at Jamia Masjid Noorpora. Every year he would complete the recitation of Quran in Taraweeh,” he said.
“Sarshad was hit by a bullet on his forehead when forces opened fire on the protesters at the encounter site,” his friend said. He was taken to sub district hospital Tral where he breathed his last.
However, DGP S.P. Vaid, said Sarshad was killed in “crossfiring.”
One of Sarshad’s friends who accompanied him to Saimoh said that they reached the encounter site at about 1 pm. “We were eagerly waiting to get body of Sabzar when suddenly we found Sarshad lying on the ground. He had no marks on his body except the bullet mark on his forehead.” he said.
Sarshad’s two sisters were lying on the verandah of their house at Khankah in Midoora Tral here. “Return Sarshad, Teach us Quran,” they shouted.
His father Abdul Rashid Dar sobs and cries “Sarshad was my lone son…he was my eye-sight, my world. Forces snatched my everything,” he said and broke down.
According to family, Sarshad had memorized the whole Quran. He had completed Hafiz-e-Quran from Darul Uloom Poonch .Currently he was studying Islamic literature at Darul Uloom Panzgam and was planning to take admission in Darul Uloom Deoband for Molvi Fazil degree.
“He was least interested in materialistic education so that he became an Imam and Hafiz-e-Quran,” he said.
Locals remember him as a humble, well-mannered boy “who was passionate about Kashmir independence.”
“He was loved by everyone in the village. We call him Molvi or sometimes Imam Soab. We have lost a pearl in him,” said Muhammad Hussain, a local.
Sarshad’s dream to marry off his sisters in well-off families has been shattered. His mother, Haneefa is wailing. “I never knew that he will leave me so soon. I had purchased his favorite foods for Ramadan but little did I know that he will be killed.” says Haneefa in a choked voice.