SRINAGAR: Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir today pledged to fund the education of five-year-old Zohra, the daughter of a slain Jammu and Kashmir cop ASI Abdul Rashid.
ASI Abdul Rashid was gunned down by militants on August 18 in Anantnag district of Kashmir Valley.
In a series of emotional tweets today, Gambhir said he would help the young child realise her dreams and support her education for life.
“Zohra,I can’t put u (you) 2 (to) sleep wid (with) a lullaby but I’ll help u (you) 2 (to) wake up 2 (to) live ur dreams.
“(I) Will support ur (your) education 4 (for)lifetime #daughterofIndia,” Gambhir tweeted.
Photographs of Zohra crying inconsolably at the funeral of her father went viral on social media.
“Zohra, plz (please) don’t let those tears fall as I doubt even Mother Earth can take d (the) weight of ur (your) pain.
“Salutes to ur (your) martyred dad ASI, Abdul Rashid,” Gambhir added.
His manager Dinesh Chopra said the Gautam Gambhir Foundation (GGF) would support all her academic endeavours, including higher education.
“Gautam will be supporting Zohra’s education for lifetime starting now,” Chopra told PTI.
Asked whether Gambhir plans to meet the little girl, Chopra said, “This is not a photo opportunity for Gautam. This is a chance to help someone build her future and also pray to God that no child has to face this kind of a tragedy.”
(With inputs from PTI)