13 Stories of horror from the valley of Kashmir
Born in Srinagar under Indian Administered Kashmir, Ahmed Bin Qasim is the son of political prisoners Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, the longest-serving prisoners in Kashmir and Aasiya Andrabi. Ahmed is currently pursuing international relations and literature and is also a spoken-word poet.
Ahmed uses social media to tell the world how Kashmir is suffering under Indian administration and how Kashmiris have been slaughtered daily.
Here are the 13 stories of horror from the valley of Kashmir by Ahmed Bin Qasim
1- Story of Insha Mushtaq
She was 14 when she was shot at by Indian forces. She lost vision in both eyes after being hit by pellet guns. She dreamed of becoming a doctor. She has adopted braille to study but there are times when she breaks down.
2- Story of Tufail Mattoo
Tufail was 17 when he was hit by a teargas shell fired by police in the head. He was returning from his tuition classes. His killers still roam free even after 7 years of his death but his father pledges to fight for justice until his last breath.
3- Story of Wamiq Farooq
Wamiq Farooq, 13, loved cricket but this love cost him his life. He was playing cricket when Indian forces decided to kill him. He was buried with two balls in his pocket as a tribute to his cricketing talent. The murderers were granted bail by Indian court.
4- Story of Hiba Jan
The 18-month-old was at home in her mother’s arms, when her eye was ruptured by pellets fired by forces inside her home. She’s too young to even express her pain. Pellets hit her mother too, as she tried to shield the face of her child with her hands.
5- Story of Mubeena Ghani
A 25 girl . On May 18, 1990, she was set to get married. She was wearing an orange bridal dress, hands hennaed. But her dreams were shattered when security personnel opened fire on their bus, injuring the newlyweds. She was raped on her wedding night.
6- Story of Parveena Ahanger
Her son, Javaid was 17 when he was abducted by Indian army from his home. She has been waiting for his return for 29 years now. After meeting those who had met the same fate as her, she formed Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons.
7- Story of Qalandar Khatana
Shepherd by profession, was caught by Indian forces on mere suspicion of guiding rebels. During detention, he was stripped, hung upside down. Wires were rigged to his eyelids and genitalia. The flesh from his legs was cut off and fed to him.
8- Story of Rizwan Asad
A school principal who was detained with no due process, like most arrests in Kashmir. His mother waited for him anxiously. She cooked his favorite food. Two days later, he returned to his family, dead. He had been tortured to death.
9- Story of Asifa Bano
An 8 year old Muslim girl was kidnapped and killed by Hindu nationalists & a senior Indian police officer. She was held captive in a temple for 4 days, she was strangulated, drugged and raped. All of it was done to strike terror into local Muslims.
10- Story of Mushtaq
An 11 year old Kashmiri boy who loved reading. But Indian troops fired pellets at him, damaging his eyes permanently. He loves soccer but his mother keeps him indoor. After watching her son lose his sight, she does not want to see him lose his life.
11- Story of Asif Sultan
A journalist jailed for covering the conflict in Kashmir. He has been in prison for a year now. His family, including a six month old daughter, awaits his return. His wife says that their house was raided at midnight without any legal warrant.
12- Story of Amir Beg
An aspiring painter, was 21 when Indian troops turned his world dark. Pellets were fired at him, causing total blindness. His beloved, Nadia, stood by him & surprised everyone by marrying him against her parents’ wishes. He wishes to memorize Quran.
13- Story of Masroof Sultan
The 19 year old was abducted by Indian forces and taken into an interrogation center where he was stripped naked. Metal ring was put around his genitalia, then live wires were held against those rings. Following torture, he was shot 12 times.
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