Wamiq Farooq was just 13 when he was killed on 31 January 2010 at Rainawari. Wamiq’s room is adorned with the medals and other awards he had won after competing in different school debates and sports events. “Wamiq was a superb cricketer. Cricket was his life,” says his father Farooq Ahmad. Wamiq was laid to rest with two cricket balls in his pocket as a humble tribute to his cricketing talent.
The family remembers this young soul as a Good Samaritan even at that tender age. Wamiq used to help his neighbors and passersby. “Once in the scorching summer heat Wamiq saw a lady carrying a kerosene canister. He took it from her and carried it all the way to her home,” recalls Farooq.
Coming from a poor family Wamiq had already chalked out some plans for the family. “He used to tell me: ‘Papa, don’t worry I will help you when I will start earning, I will pay your debts,’” Farooq recalls Wamiq telling him.
Farooq is constantly confronted by a question that parents of all the dead boys have asked and found no answers: Why did they kill my son?
There will be no answers to this question. And there will be no closure for these parents.