Muslims perform last rites of Kashmiri Pandit in village Wussan, Ganderbal

The whole Muslim community is grieving over the death of an 80-year-old Kashmiri Hindu Pandit Avtar Krishan in village Wussan in Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir. Although everybody has to die, we are with them in grief and happiness said Sheikh Bashir, a local resident of Wussan. The whole Muslim village including 2,200 people were present for the last rites as if their own had passed away. The crowd resembled the crowd of a big function. This is the brotherhood here, said Muslims. This is the age-old communal harmony tradition of Kashmir. We want to give the message to everyone that we are all one, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, we are all brothers, said Muslims. A local Muslim resident, Ghulam Rasool said, the deceased worked as a senior health worker. People from far off villages used to approach Avtar Krishan for medical help. His special quality was that he used to visit homes to treat the sick. Death is a reality, Ghulam said. And in this hour we again saw the composite culture of Kashmir as Muslims took part in the performance of the last rites of the Kashmiri Pandit in village Wussan in Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir.

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