Women’s resistance group, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) Monday expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of mother of nits chairperson.Secretary General of DeM, Nahida Nasreen, said that the demise of the mother of Syedah Asiya Andrabi is not only a “great personal loss to her but to the entire Muslims and Dukhtaran-e-Millat in particular”.“Members of DeM enjoyed the maternal love the deceased for the past 30 years and thus every member of DeM has a tear in her eyes. The deceased was regarded as a mother for the entire pro-freedom camp and hence was remembered by the name Mouj,” DeM Secretary General, Nahida Nasreen said in a statement.She said, “Personally, I had keenly observed the deceased for the past 3 decades and found her to be an upright religious and courageous lady. She belonged to a family that has made great sacrifices for the movement and religion. Her brother and many other family members were exiled.
Most of her children are very active regarding Islam and movement. It is a result of the upbringing of this great lady that her children have shown such steadfastness and are right now scattered across 5 countries. Though being very old she possessed strong mental abilities and an iron will. She participated in the meetings of DeM and gave valuable advice to us. She was like bedrock not only for Asiya Andrabi and every other member of DeM. She was herself victim of vendetta and was denied passport for a long time which delayed her cherished wish of performing Hajj for a long time. Her husband Shahabuddin Andrabi also died in exile in Pakistan. She thanked Allah that the last hours of the deceased were peaceful.”Nasreen added, “though we are ourselves grieved but we extend heartfelt condolence to her incarcerated son-in-law Dr Muhammad Qasim who couldn’t even participate in the funeral prayers. Her children who couldn’t even see their mother for the one last time are also in our prayers.” (CNS)