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Whether a soldier dies or a militant,humanity is at loss, says father of ‘suicide bomber’

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Pulwama, Feb 15: “It is the humanity that dies whenever a militant is killed or a soldier dies, and this should be stopped,” said Ghulam Hassan Dar, father of the Adil Ahmad Dar, who conducted the suicide bombing on CRPF convoy on Srinagar-Jammu highway yesterday.

“Animals are not dying -- whether it is the soldier of the army, CRPF man, a policeman or a militant, whosoever dies it is a human loss,” Dar said today.

The government forces’ personnel killed here are also someone's sons, they too are fathers, brothers, husbands, they too have their families; we don't support this bloodshed, it must end,” he said.

"We don't know what motivated my son to do this act, but yes it is the Kashmir problem which has been responsible for this death and destruction for past three decades now," he added.

He said before joining militancy, his son Adil was a diehard supporter of Indian cricket team and Mahinder Singh Dhobi was his favorite cricketer. He used to merry whenever Indian team would win.

"During India vs Pakistan final match of Champions Trophy when India lost the match, he (Adil) didn't came out of his home for two days," said one of his neighbors.

"He (Adil) was never arrested or involved in any criminal activity before joining militants. But during the 2016 unrest, he along with couple of his friends  was stopped near Kakapora and severely thrashed by the government forces,” father said, adding that he had counseled his son to not take such trivial issues seriously.

"When he (Adil) and his cousin went missing, we made a video appeal for both of them to come back, but they didn’t return. We hadn’t had a single glimpse of our son after he joined militants," said father.

Hundreds of people were visiting the slain militant's home to console his family members. At around 2:30 pm today, funeral prayers in absentia were offered for him, said a local from Gandibagh.

Normal life in Pulwama town and Kakapora area and its adjacent villages remained disrupted today due to fear. All the shops and business establishments remained closed on Friday.

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