What is a condolence message? |
A condolence message is a correspondence sent to express sympathy for someone who is mourning a death, experiencing pain arising from death, deep mental anguish, or misfortune.
A condolence message can arrive by mail, email, telephone, by person, or by an intermediary such as a mutual friend or acquaintance.
In most situations, what is required in addition to the condolence message?
In most situations, the person sending the condolence should show solidarity with the bereaved, although solidarity may not be enough. If the sympathizer suspects a criminal act, the police should be notified and legal proceedings commenced.
What happened on November 7, 2015?
On November 7, 2015, troops or police shot dead a student at Zainakote, Srinagar, Kashmir. Hundreds were detained.
What is my response to this?
Doctor Asif Qureshi, founder of Qureshi University, the Global Democratic Party, and founder of United Continents of the World and United States of the World, forwards this message dated November 8, 2015, from Chicago, Illinois, North America:
It is with sadness and dismay that I received the news from Kashmir. My thoughts are with the victim and his family. No words can describe what his family is going through, and it is my fervent hope that they receive all the support they need.
This was an unexpected and unjustified death, which needs to be investigated, and those responsible brought to account. I pray for the victim, Gowhar Dar, an intelligent and educated young man who was studying to be an engineer. Justice for him and legal redress for his family must now be a priority
How might we have prevented this tragedy, and how might we prevent it from happening again?
It is widely believed that in Kashmir the police and state institutions have been infiltrated by some who are not fit for public service. Therefore, comprehensive screening of all those employed in public service should begin at once. Only then, with robust screening protocols in place, can citizens be confident of those whose duty is to serve and protect them.
How should police officers, particularly senior officers, show their competence as public officials?
They should provide regular press releases that are honest and objective. Moreover, the officers should hold frequent press conferences at which they would answer all questions. For example:
On November 7, 2015, what was the profile of staff at the Zainakote police station?
Who authorized individual officers to be placed at specific locations without proper verification of their public service fitness?
What was the profile of staff at Humhama police station? And who appointed and / or authorized the officers who were on duty on November 7, 2015?
We stop it here. Once you get answers to these questions, we proceed again.