In a heartwarming gesture, a Muslim couple from the Himachal Pradesh has offered to adopt the younger daughter of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh, who was killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector on 1 May.
According to reports, Yunus Khan, an IAS officer and his wife Anjum Ara, an IPS officer, approached the martyr's family and expressed their desire to look after their 12-year-old daughter, Khushdeep Kaur.
"Khushdeep will continue to stay with her family. We will be paying for all her expenses and meeting her from time to time to know about her problems and solve them. If she wants to become an IAS or IPS officer or choose some other career, we are there to help," the Times of India quoted Ara, Superintendent of Police of Solan district, as saying.
Supporting his wife in the remarkable gesture, Khan, who is Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, said that as responsible citizens of the country, they were only performing their duty by ensuring a good education for the child.
"We will be there for her throughout her life to help her in making decisions," Khan also said.
Applauding the act, the martyred subedar's brother Ranjit Singh reportedly told the Hindustan Times, "I simply can't express gratitude to these kind-hearted couple. It reminds me of what the Muslim ruler of Malerkotla, Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan, had done for the youngest sahibzadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh Ji."
Singh said he would appeal to several other officers and spiritual leaders to extend similar support and help families like those of Paramjit Singh.
Khushdeep has an elder sister, Simardeep Kaur, 15, and a twin brother, Sahildeep Singh.
The Indian Army, in a press release on Monday, said that the Pakistani Army had killed two Indian soldiers on the LoC and mutilated their bodies. The statement said that the two soldiers were on patrol along the LoC.
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