Srinagar 15 February (KNB): Local Muslims of Maisuma Srinagar, the Summer Capital of Jammu and Kashmir, have set an example of humanity and communal harmony by performing the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Monday, said President J&K Young Journalist Association, Ajaz Ahmad War.
Ajaz, who is also a resident of Maisuma, said, “Being his neighbors, we immediately rushed to help the bereaved family to perform the last rites of deceased Rakesh Kumar Sharma aka Lala Ji, who passed away on Sunday evening.”
“We carried the body of the Lala Ji to the cremation ground,” he added.
It is pertinent to mention that Lala Ji did not migrate in 1990s when a large number of Kashmiri Pandits fled the Valley.
Furthermore, muslims of the area conveyed a message that they are committed to promote human ethics, Universal Brotherhood.
Ajaz said, “we deeply mourn his death as a neighbor,” adding that Islam teaches us brotherhood and harmony and it was our duty to reach out to our Pundit neighbors in their hour of grief.
Scores of people including the women thronged the home of the deceased to express condolences with the family.
Meanwhile, few Kashmiri Pandits, who arrived to help the family in cremation of the deceased, expressed gratitude to the local Muslims and special gratitude towards JKYJA President Ajaz War.
“It is only because of our Muslim brothers that we could perform the last rites without any hardship,” they said, adding, “The communal harmony and brotherhood between Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits has always remained an example.” (KNB)