Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat met the family of Aurangzeb, the soldier who was abducted and killed by terrorists last week in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, at the family’s village in Poonch district of J&K and assured them that the “supreme sacrifice rendered by the brave son of India will not go in vain”, according to an Army spokesperson.
After the Army chief left their village, Salani, Aurangzeb’s father Mohammad Haneef said that Aurangzeb was not his but the son of India — “he was my son only until he was in my lap,” he told some reporters present there.
“Mujhey koi pachtawa nahi hai. Ek din to sabhi ko marna hai. Agar ghar mein bhi rehta to bhi marna thha’’ (I have no repentance; everyone has to die one day. He would have died even if he was at home),” Haneef said.
Haneef also slammed people who call terrorists in Kashmir “mujahids’’. He said, “Some people from the Valley visited and asked me what I wanted to say to the people of Kashmir about ‘Mujahids’ killing my son. I told them that they have put a wrong question.”
He said, “I told them that a Mujahid is one who has ‘deen’ (follower of Islam), and a follower of Islam does not commit such acts. Yeh goondey aur luterey log hain, chor log hain. Dekho ja ke kisi ko…usko toh Bismillah bhi nahi ayegi’’ (These are criminals, looters, thieves. Check with any one of them — he will not be able to say even Bismillah).”
Earlier, accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh, Gen Rawat visited forward areas of the state. He was briefed on the prevailing security situation by General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps, Lt General Saranjeet Singh.
The Army chief interacted with the soldiers and complemented them for their professionalism, selfless commitment, and loyalty. He exhorted the troops to “continue to work with zeal and dedication….(and also) commended the synergy between all security agencies and the civil administration in J&K.”