Body of slain JCO Ashraf Mir reaches his native village in Lolab, thousands attend funeral 

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SRINAGAR:  Slain army soldier body who were killed in Sunjuwan camp during a militant attack reached today at his village after four days.

The last rites of junior commissioned officer (JCO) Mohammad Ashraf Mir’s, who was killed by millitants in Jammu fidayeen attack, were held with full military honours, even as his family and villagers demanded end to the bloodshed and urged for talks between India and Pakistan to stop these killings and tragedies”.

These killings lead to tragedies and destruction only. We appeal India and Pakistan to put to an end the hostility and stop these inhuman acts,” they said.

The body of JCO Mohd Ashraf’s, wrapped in the tricolour, was brought in a bedecked army vehicle to his native village where thousands of people from neighbouring areas attends his funeral procession.

DSP Lolab Sarfaraz Ahmad, senior army officers, officials from the district administration were present on the occasion.  His father while speaking to Press Trust Of Kashmir (PTK) said Ashraf was the only bread earner for the family. “He was our only hope. He laid down his life for the country. Asraf talked to me a few days back after he reached back to his unit at the camp. He was outside earlier,” he said.

Locals on the occasion said, “These killings lead to tragedies and destruction only. We appeal India and Pakistan to put to an end the hostility and stop these inhuman acts”. (PTK)