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Found out father’s crime after he was hanged says Afzal Guru’s son

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Srinagar: Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru’s son who made the news for having secured a very high percentage of marks has said that he wasn’t aware of the crime that his father was convicted for until he was hanged three years ago.

“For 13 years, I did not know what Abu (father) was in Jail. When I used to visit him, I thought he might have killed someone due to personal rivalry or something like that as we see in popular crime shows like CID and Crime Patrol,” Ghalib Guru, who was just 10 months old when Parliament attack took place, told reporters at his Sopore home.

Ghalib secured an impressive 95 per cent marks, bagging 19th position, in the 10th standard board examination for which results were declared yesterday.
He said that he came to know after reading media reports that his father was hanged on February 9, 2013 for being involved in the attack on the parliament.

“Whether true or not (charges against his father), it ignited a fire in my head. I thought if all those who carried out the attack were killed, how was my father alive? How can he be involved,” said Ghalib who will be turning 15 next month.

Ghalib said later he understood that the charge against his father was about planning the attack.
With a smiling face, the boy said he had to deal with “tensions” at an age he ought to have been playing with toys.

“If I had (access to) sedatives those days, I would tried it,” he said. Ghalib credits his father for showing him the way to deal with adversity and confusion in life.

“My father used to tell me to pray … that is what I do. It gives me satisfaction and peace,” he added.

 

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