After prayers, fervent hope remains
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Taja Begum used to pray for a grandson. Her son Mohammad Akbar Khan had been married for more than a decade but had no child. Fifteen years ago, her prayers changed. She wanted her Khan to return home. Today, she says she has lost all hope of seeing him alive. She just wants a glimpse of his grave before she dies.
In 1992, on the night of February 28, there was a knock at Khan's door at Pathukhah Muqam, his family recalls. Khan opened the door and found BSF personnel waiting outside, they say and add that Khan was arrested by the troops led by officer Tyagi. "They picked him up and bundled him into a vehicle," says Khan's cousin Ghulam Mohammad. "They didn't tell us why".
Khan was a Senior Reading Inspector with J-K's Power Development Department (PDD).
At dawn, Taja Begum, Khan's wife Nabla and his sister Saja started searching for him. "We looked for him everywhere," says 70-year-old Taja Begum.
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