Former international cricket star and Pakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi while commenting on the photograph of a three-year-old child who lost his grandfather in a shoot-out in Sopore has said that, “no image can describe the plight of Kashmiris with such grim precision.”
The former skipper became one more name in the list of people commenting on the photographs of the child. The pictures of the killed civilian lying on the ground and his grandson standing nearby prompted intense outrage on social media. Emotional and angry reactions from ordinary Kashmiris as well as politicians across both at home and outside.
Pictures of the child sitting on the dead-body of his grandfather has created anger. After the police shared pictures and videos of the child saying that the police rescued him, the move was widely criticised.
Afridi who often raises his voice on the happenings in Kashmir while taking to his Twitter handle commented on the picture too, “A child caught up between his grandfather’s bullet-riddled body and the gun-weilding soldiers. No image can describe the plight of Kashmiris with such grim precision,” the cricketer tweeted.
Bashir Ahmad Khan, 65, and a CRPF trooper were killed while three CRPF personnel were injured in a shoot-out in Sopore.
Police has said that militant fired on a patrol party of the armed forces, in which Bashir was killed.
The family of Bashir has alleged that he was brought down from the vehicle and killed by the armed forces. Sopore Police has denied the allegations.
SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal said the civilian was killed in firing by the militants. “Police also rescued his 3-year-old grandson,” he said.
With disturbing images of the child sitting on top of his grandfather’s dead-body, and the family’s allegations, the news has created uproar.
Quoting eyewitnesses, Bashir Ahmed’s son told reporters that child who was accompanying his grandfather “was terrified after troopers shot him dead”.
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