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‘Pray for us, look after family’

india Updated: Jan 10, 2010 00:21 IST
Arun Joshi

The two attackers at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on Wednesday urged their Pakistani handlers to pray for them and that their families be compensated fairly for their death.

Hindustan Times accessed some parts of the transcribed conversations of Saif-ullah Qari from Balochistan and Manzoor Ahmad, alias Usman Kashmiri, with their Pakistani handlers.

The two militants fought for 22 hours on Wednesday and Thursday and brought international attention back to the Kashmir Valley, as it was the longest encounter in Srinagar after a gap of more than three years.

Qari, at one point, told his handler: “Aap se darkhwast hai, aam bhej dena, mere ghar mein CD amanat hai, woh rakh lena, bahut meharbani hogi (Please send mangoes – read: money – to my place and there is a CD – read: family, probably wife). Please take care of her. I will be grateful to you).”

Qari also wanted his conversation to be recorded and relayed to his family and brothers.

“Jis din se Kashmir mein aye hain, Qurankhani aur kalam karte rahe. Jeehad kabhi khatam nahin hoga. Gharwalon ko aap sunana, Inshallah (Ever since we have reached Kashmir, we have been praying and reciting Quran and the holy verses and committing ourselves to Jehad. We are sure that Jehad will continue. Please tell that to our families).”

Qari also said he had seven brothers in Balochistan. He identified one as Maulana Majid.

“Main to lad raha hoon. Mere baat record karke ghar walon ko suna dena. Mere saat bhaion ko bhi soona dena (I am fighting here. After I die, this conversation should be relayed to my family and also to my seven brothers).”

Usman Kashmiri asked his handler to remember them in prayers, “Lal Chowk mein sirf ek building hai (there is only one building in Lal Chowk – a reference to the sole hotel building where they were holed up before being killed on Thursday afternoon).”

Usman tells his handler, “Hamara samne paanch-chhe gir gaya. Allah jane aur kitne giraye honge (We have seen five-six policemen falling down. God knows how many more we have felled).”

His last words before being killed: “Hamare liye dua karna (Please pray for us).”