Ashraf’s Parents Died Waiting for his Release

Srinagar, June 11 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the house of Peer Mohammad Ashraf, facing illegal detention for the past fourteen years, was filled with gloom as the family has lost parents in his absence.
According to media sources, family members of Ashraf along with some relatives and neighbors lodged a protest by staging sit-in even on the Eid day against his illegal detention. Ashraf was arrested in December 2006 in connection with a fake case of a grenade attack on a rally held on July 19, 2004 in Kapran area of Islamabad district. “My brother is being made to rot in jail on false charges from last fourteen years,” Ashraf’s younger brother, Firdous Ahmad said. Even the happy occasions like Eid have lost their meaning for the family. “Both our father and mother virtually lost their eyesight first due to continuous and bitter weeping after Ashraf was arrested on false charges. They later died waiting for him. Police ruined our family. Even the sacred and happy occasions like Eid have lost their meaning for us and that is why we chose to sit on a protest on the day of Eid when everybody was celebrating the occasion,” Firdous said. KASHMIR VOICE

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