Tourist hurt in J&K terror hit loses eye, wife battles for life | India News – Times of India


JAIPUR: Sunny Khan, a 38-year-old resident of Pathanon Ka Chowk in Jaipur’s Brahmpuri neighbourhood, has lost vision in one eye and faces the risk of partial vision loss in the other. He is currently battling for his life in the ICU of a military hospital in south Kashmir’s Anantnag. His wife Farah Khan is also in critical condition.
The couple, along with 50 members of their extended family, had gone on a holiday to Kashmir on May 10, intending to return on May 20.But their vacation took a tragic turn when terrorists attacked them Saturday evening while they were heading to a resort in Pahalgam for dinner.
“Some people removed their blankets and started shooting. A bullet pierced my brother’s eye. My sister-in-law has a shoulder wound,” Sunny’s elder brother Parvez Khan, 39, recounted Sunday the horror that unfolded before his eyes the previous night. “Oh, we’re so happy coming to Kashmir!” he exclaimed with grief and sarcasm from Anantnag.
His brother is in ventilator support. “My brother’s one eye has been removed, and the other is being operated upon,” said Parvez. He and his wife are taking care of Sunny and Farah’s two children. Since the attack, Parvez has been inundated with phone calls. “Just pray,” he implored. “What has my brother done, or our family? Why was he targeted?”
In Jaipur, their parents are preparing to fly to Kashmir – first flight Monday. Aslam Khan and Mazidan Begam, consoled by many at their home, are holding onto hope. “Allah zindagi dega (Allah will give life), that’s what we are praying for,” Aslam said.
The attack is seen as an attempt to sabotage Lok Sabha elections in J&K, where Anantnag-Rajouri constituency votes on May 25. This was the third terrorist attack on non-natives in J&K this election season. On April 17, a 35-year-old roadside food vendor from Bihar was shot dead in Anantnag, and on April 8, a tourist taxi driver from New Delhi suffered bullet wounds in Shopian district when he stopped at a restaurant while transporting tourists.


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