With immense grief we regret to inform you that Dilshada Sheikh, a member of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), passed away Saturday morning.
Dilshada Sheikh who lived in Zakura, Srinagar, was the half-widow of Bashir Ahmad Sheikh and mother of their two sons. Bashir Ahmad Sheikh was a casual laborer who was subjected to an enforced disappearance after being picked up by Border Security Force (BSF) of the Indian Army in Lal Chowk on the 16th of June, 1992.
Dilshada was an active member of APDP since 2010, who would regularly participate in the monthly sit-ins at Partap Park. Her dedication to the cause of enforced disappearances remained undeterred until her last breath. Even though her search for her husband remains unfulfilled, we the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), pledge to carry on with her unresolved search for her husband on her behalf and take it forward to its fruitful end.
The struggle against the enforced disappearances in Kashmir has been led by APDP since 1994. Since then, APDP has lost the family members of some of the victims of enforced disappearances, who fought for their disappeared loved ones and kept their struggle alive until their last breath with dignity.
We lost Moghal Maas, single mother of Nazir Ahmad Teli who kept her search alive for her only child; Misra Begum, mother of Shabir Ahmad Ghasi; AbdurRazaq Dar, father of Mehrajuddin Dar, and many others.
Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons has been a socio-political movement against enforced disappearances in Kashmir since 1989. APDP is dedicated to provide for as well as legally fight on behalf of the families of the victims of enforced disappearances in Kashmir.