My Son Died as a Martyr, Says Junaid’s Father

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Image result for Manzoor Ahmad MattooManzoor Ahmad Matoo, the father of Junaid Mattoo, who was martyred by Indian troops in Kulgam district on Friday, is all satisfied over the martyrdom of his son.

According to media sources, Manzoor Ahmad Matoo in a corner of a room in his modest house at Khudwani did not appear to be in a state of mourning and talked normally to everyone visiting him for condolences.

“Why should I mourn? My son died as a martyr. Congratulations to his martyrdom. Many people had desired such a death but Allah grants it to his dear ones only. It has to be ones ultimate goal,” Manzoor Ahmad, father of Junaid said in a media interview.

Junaid along with his two associates Adil Ahmad Sofi from Pampore and Naseer Ahmad Shiekh from Hef Shopian were martyred in a daylong encounter with Indian troops at Arwani on Friday.

Before being killed, Junaid texted his family on Friday and sought their prayers.

“At around 7 am, he texted and informed us that he was trapped. He sought our prayers for acceptance of his martyrdom,” his aged father said.

Junaid is survived by three brothers, all elder to him and two sisters, one of them married. His mother had died of cancer when he was only 14. “He he was deeply religious since his childhood and would participate in pro-freedom protests. For a couple of days after he went missing I made some efforts to bring him back but then I gave up searching for him,” Junaid’s father said.

One of the Junaid’s brother, Parvez Ahmad was released after three months. “He was arrested some three months ago on false charges. His crime actually was that he was the brother of Junaid,” Manzoor said.

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