As the nation is in a frenzy trying to identify all the killers of the Dhaka café attack, for Meer Saameh Mubasher’s family, the scenario is quite different. For his father, this is nothing but a nightmare.
“How will we arrange a funeral for him in these circumstances?” he asked himself in an interview with the New York Times, “Who will come?”
“I will have to apologize to the whole world on behalf of my son,” said an aggrieved Meer Hayet Kabir, who was constantly breaking down during the interview.
On Sunday, the police telephoned Kabir, an executive with a foreign company in Dhaka, asking him to go to the military hospital morgue to identify a body that was possibly that of his 18-year-old son.
He said he just could not bear to make the trip.
Mubasher has been missing since February 29, when he left home to attend a coaching center for his upcoming A-Level examinations.
Since then, his family has been looking for him and rationalizing theories as to his whereabouts. According to CNN, Mubasher's family worried about another possibility: Maybe he was recruited by Islamists. On Saturday, the family learned their worst fear had become reality.
Relatives showed them a picture of Mubasher posted on an ISIS-affiliated site that identified him as one of the attackers in the deadly attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka.
"That's not my son, that's not my son," Kabir said. "He was full of humanity."
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH MUBASHER?
He said his 18-year-old son was impressionable, but asked, "which teen isn't?" Aside from that, there were few signs.
Mubasher has spent the previous six months studying hard for his upcoming A-level examinations. But the family did notice one change: He had stopped sketching.
Mubasher was always interested in religion, and his family didn't discourage his curiosity in his faith.
But his father said he told his son that if he wanted to explore further, he should read the Quran directly. He even gave Mubasher an English translation of the Quran because he didn't want his son to get a warped interpretation elsewhere.
He told New York Times, that close relative believed Mubasher was radicalized either by people he met at a mosque or in school. “I believe some Islamist group recruited my boy” and brainwashed him, Kabir said.
“I can tell you my boy was really a good humanitarian soul,” he said. “Such a soul cannot do something cruel like this.”
Source: CNN and New York Times