‘Strive hard and become a noble soul,’ Ghalib recalls his father’s words as he qualifies Class 12

Umar Mukhtar

Srinagar: Five years after Afzal Guru was hanged inside notorious Tihar Jail in New Delhi, for his alleged role in 2001 parliament attack, his son Ghalib Afzal Guru, secured 441 marks to qualify Class 12 exams, drawing instant praise from people in Kashmir.

Syed Ali Geelani with Ghalib Guru in this file picture.

“The news of my results has given me innate solace,” Ghalib told Kashmir Life over the phone. “I cannot express my feelings.”

Ghalib recalls how during his short meetings with his jailed father, the Sr. Guru would console him to strive hard and become a noble soul.

“My father wanted me to become a doctor and an Islamic scholar,” Ghalib quipped, “I worked very hard and the result is there.”

Ghalib, who is presently preparing for the NEET exams, opined that the Kashmir dispute is taking a “heavy toll” on the student community. “Most of the times my school was shut due to the unstable circumstances. I could not attend classes,” said Galib.

Galib’s mother, Tabassum Guroo while praising the commitment of her son said, ‘he was always a hard-working boy’.

Tabassum credits the success of younger Guru to self-study and his unfathomable determination.

Ghalib has qualified the secondary school examinations with 95% marks earlier.

The, then overrated Bollywood actor Anupam Kher had asked that Ghalib’s class 10 papers should be checked by CID. He had said, “He doesn’t believe that son of a terrorist can secure 472 marks.”


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