A Kashmiri Father Digs The Land Every Day to Find His Dead Son
The last time Manzoor Ahmad Wagay saw his eldest son alive, his eyes had welled up. Manzoor said Shakir Manzoor had the gaze of a man looking at something for the last time, as if he were gently letting go of a lifetime’s worth of memories.
Shakir, 24, was tough and sturdy, he did not let the tears flow. He got into his car and drove away from his home in Reshipora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. But Manzoor had a premonition of imminent grief. He remembers the precise time: 4.58 pm on 2 August 2020, eight months ago. Shakir never returned home—not even his dead body….
After Shakir’s clothes were found, Manzoor Ahmad was sure his son was dead. Now all he could hope for was to find his body and bury him somewhere close to home. With that hope, he started digging the land around the spot where Shakir was last spotted, but found nothing….