“I wanted [Papa Kisthwari] to suffer as I suffered. I wanted him to feel what I felt when I was looking for my father. Every time his bail plea was rejected by the court his helplessness would bring me pleasure.”
“We were not allowed to scream," he said. During this, he said, one man shouted in agony: “If you are going to kill, [then] shoot us.”
“I couldn’t even look at my son. Torture marks were evident from his face and he wasn’t the same person, who they had taken from the home."
The APDP is a community of survivors who are documenting and campaigning against enforced disappearances and continuing to look for their dear ones since 1994.
As Kashmir struggles with the fear of New Delhi trying to change the demographic designs, small-time landowners continue to suffer.
“He was not a militant, he was not a stone thrower. He didn’t have a gun in his hand, he only had milk. He was shot by military men."
Kashmir's bloody conflict has alretered thousands of lives over three decades. Immerse into these four short stories from across the Valley -- speaking aloud, even after years, of loss, sorrow, and life.
“Extraordinary men are killed to give extraordinary messages. Here the message is: don't be brave against any system. Don’t raise your voice. Toe the line. Let things be.”
“They did not give any warning or say anything to us. I voluntarily turned the vehicle around,” said her son. “They opened fire at us, the bullets hit her.” He broke down as he said that his mother had “died on the spot”.
“They have committed a criminal act, this is oppression,” said Mr. Javaid, with grief. “This is a killing. They killed an innocent.”