Phones have not stopped ringing at Guru House in Baramulla to congratulate Ghalib Afzal Guru for passing class 12th exams with flying colours.
Son of executed Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, Ghalib bagged 441 marks in the Class XII exam for which the result was declared by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education on Thursday.
Ghalib however is not content with the grades as he was expecting more marks. ” But Biology and English have somewhat upset the grades. The marks in the two subjects are not to my satisfaction”, Ghalib told.
Back home Ghalib’s mother Tabasum Guru is receiving a steady stream of guests, who are flocking to congratulate the 18-year-old boy for extraordinary success despite crisis and tension.
“People in large numbers are coming to congratulate Ghalib. Some are showering confetti to express their love and affection. But Ghalib is not satisfied with the marks”, said Tabasum.
Ghalib was just two years old when his father Afzal Guru was arrested for parliament attack case. Guru had named him after famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib given his penchant for his poetry. Family sources said Afzal Guru was always reciting Ghalib’s famous couplet, `Hum Ne Mana Ke Tagaaful Na Karoge Lekin, Khaak Ho Jaayenge Hum Tumko Khabar Hone Tak ‘…
Afzal Guru, along with SAR Geelani, Showkat Guru and his wife Afshan Guru was charged with planning the attack on the parliament on December 13, 2001. Supreme Court later upheld the death sentence of Afzal Guru but acquitted SAR Geelani and Afshan. Showkat, hailing from Sopore, who was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, was released after completing his jail term in 2011. Guru was hanged and buried in Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
After the apex court verdict, Afzal’s wife Tabasum and son Ghalib met former president APJ Abdul Kalam and sought pardon for the parliament attack convict. The mercy plea of Afzal was rejected by former president Pranab Mukherjee before he was hanged.
In fact, Ghalib qualified the Class Xii when his father’s fifth death anniversary is just a month away. “Obviously I am missing him today”, said Ghalib.
But he is determined to realize his father’s dream to become a doctor. In fact, Ghalib has been working hard to prepare for NEET. “I want to become a doctor. I am preparing for it. If I am not able to qualify, I will prepare for civil services”, Ghalib said.