Ghalib, the only child of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, has earned applause from separatists for securing 19th position in the state’s annual matric examination. He obtained 474 marks out of 500 in the results declared by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (J&KBOSE) on Sunday evening. “The Hurriyat Conference will reward top 20 position holders to encourage students,” senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said.
He praised Unique Public School, where Ghalib studies, saying: “The performance of our children in studies despite living in a worst kind of conflict zone of the world is very encouraging and praiseworthy.” “I personally feel extraordinary joy that despite all these adverse situations, our children who have been orphaned by the Indian occupational forces are excelling in the field of education,” Geelani said.
Many people took to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to express joy over Ghalib’s performance in the examination.“Ghalib Afzal Guru secures 94.8% in class 10th board examination. Congratulations to him and all our beloved children who scored well,” noted human rights activist Khuram Parvez wrote on Facebook.
“We must congratulate Ghalib and be genuinely pleased for his hard earned success. Yet we never burden our own kids with the high hope of being symbol of resistance. The expectations from a young one to atone for our collective sins are utterly bizarre. Let’s for this moment leave Ghalib alone. That may allow him to focus solely on his studies. Everything else comes later,” wrote columnist Firdous Syed Baba on Facebook. Ghalib told mediapersons he wants to become a doctor so he can serve people.
“My mother wants me to become doctor and I want to achieve that goal,” Ghalib said. “I want to become doctor and help people as it is duty of Muslims to help people. My father was great person and I want people should pray for him,” Ghalib said. Muhammad Afzal Guru also had a good academic record. Though he didn’t get any position in matric, he passed the examination with first division. Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 after being convicted in the 2003 Parliament attack case.