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Army pays tribute to slain soldier

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Srinagar: Army today paid tributes to Late Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmad Malik who was killed by militants at his native village in Kulgam district on 17 September 2018.

“In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks paid homage to the martyr on behalf of a proud nation. Representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the martyr,” a defense spokesman said in a statement issued here.

Late L/Nk Mukhtar Ahmad Malik was on leave at his native village Shurat in Kulgam district to perform the last rites and to grieve the untimely demise of his son who died in an accident a few days ago when a group of militants barged into his house. “Malik bravely resisted the attack but was overpowered and killed by them,” said the statement.

Malik was 43 years old and had joined the Army in 2004. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The mortal remains of the slain soldier were flown for last rites to his native place for burial.

“In this hour of grief, the army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and well being,” said the statement.

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