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Killed in Paradise

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With folded hands, she begged for mercy. And in return, a rapid fire of two bullets silenced her forever.

This is the short story of the brutal execution of 25-year-old Ishrat Muneer, carried out by suspected militants in the apple town of Shopian, south Kashmir.

According to the police, she was shot dead at point-blank range by the militants, who reportedly made a video of the incident and circulated it on social media. In the short clip, Ishrat, a resident of Dangerpora in Pulwama, can reportedly be seen begging for life, till she falls to the bullets.

Kashmir sees crowds pouring out for militants' funerals. In comparison, the funeral of Ishrat Muneer was a quiet affair. (Photo: Reuters/file)

On the morning of January 31, Ishrat had left her home as usual to attend computer classes at a private institute in her town. Her bereaved family says she would usually return home by around 2:00 pm.

That fateful day, she didn’t.

Worried, the family started looking for her. After a night of helpless searching, her bullet-riddled body was found at an orchard in the neighbouring district the next morning. A police handout said, “Police investigation is focused on some credible leads and it is expected soon the culprits shall be brought before the law.”

The mourning at her village, however, looked unusual.

Unlike a sea of mourners pouring down the streets to attend militants’ funerals, or those of civilians killed in firings, Ishrat’s last rites remained low-key.

Nobody among the mourners condemned the killing — not even her own family members.

The reasons behind the uneasy silence are palpable.

Ishrat’s father, Muneer Ahmed Dar, is a policeman. But there’s an even bigger side of the story.

Ishrat was the cousin of Zeenat-ul-Islam — one........

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