22 years after, Papa Kishtwari’s victim still waits for Justice

Srinagar, Jun 26: On June 26-International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the son of late Ali Mohammad Mir, has appealed the international community to deliver justice to the family.
According to Zahoor Ahmed Mir, his father late Ali Mohammad Mir, was abducted and then killed by government gunman Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari on June 26, 1996, and family waits to get the justice.
Zahoor Ahmed, who is fighting for the justice since past 22 years and has sought the help of international communities to intervene in the matter, Zahoor alleged that his father, Ali Muhammad Mir, a contractor by profession was abducted from his residence at Brain Nishat on June 26, 1996.
He has alleged that on the same night he was killed by Papa Kishtwari’s men on his directions and his body was thrown into river Jehlum. The Government Gunman Kishtwari has remained protected person for 12 years until he was arrested in 2007.
“I have decided not to organize any program on the anniversary of my father keeping in view, the continued negligence by the international community with regard to the custodial killings and the case of the disappearances in Kashmir. Neither the state has perused the case with seriousness and nor provided the atmosphere to the family of the deceased to seek the justice,” Mir said.
He added that “both at administrative as well as judicial level, the family members have suffered. The DNA testing case of the unmarked graves is yet to be decided by the High court of J&K and the grave of the deceased is still waiting for its guest.”
Pertinently, the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – 26 June is held annually to speak out against the crime of torture and to honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world.