Azhar Khan-Journey From school teacher to pro freedom


Azhar Khan from Teris village Kupwara was a contractual lecturer at the higher secondary school. He taught the Kashmiri language. Azhar had a master’s degree in Kashmiri language which he had pursued from Kishtwar campus of Jammu University during 2014-15.

After completing his masters, he joined the higher secondary school despite having qualifier entrance for Ph.D. Azhar wanted to earn for his family. “He told us that he can’t wait for five years with PHD,” says Shamshad, another friend.

During his college years Azhar was running a study circle in his village where he taught Quran and Islamic teachings to the village kids. Due to that he earned a lot of respect in the village and ire of the army. “The army would invite him to participate in their ‘cultural’ programmes but after declining the invitation they started questioning him,” says his cousin Javed Ahmad. “He would often tell me his conscience doesn’t allow him to attend army functions.

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”Some days before joining pro freedom path Azhar witnessed a killing of a young boy named Arif Hussain Dar by army outside a small camp on Srinagar-Kupwara road at Nutnusa, a pictures que village situated on the foot of hilly forests.

Azhar told his(aegis) brother Shamshad Khan that even after bullets hit Arif and he fell on the ground, forces did not allow anyone to come closer till he died.“The forces personnel trampled Arif’s bruised body,” Shamshad recalls Azhar telling him.

Azhar was at the forefront of the events of last rites of Arif. “He dressed the bruises of Arif’s mortal remains and led his funeral prayers,” Shamshad says.The death had a profound effect on Azhar. His relatives say Azhar showed signs of grief and anger.

One fine April morning in 2016, when Azhar Khan left his home in Kupwara’s Teris village, he told his family that he was going to Srinagar for some work at Kashmir University. He promised to come back in a couple of days. He did come but nearly after ten months as a “martyr”.

Weeks after Azhar was gone police approached his family asking his parents to convince him to give up militancy. Azhar’s mother Hanifa Begum asks, “How can you convince an educated person to change his path when he is clear and determined about what he is doing?” In the same breath, she quickly adds, “Azhar was on right path. He played his role in getting us out from the slavery in the best way he thought he could.

On February 04, 2017, police claimed to have killed two militants at Amargarh village near Sopore in district Baramulla. “Our doubts were cleared only when we heard the reports that Azhar has been Martyred in Amargarh Sopore,” says Nazir. On the day when the duo was Martyred a large number of people from Sopore-Handwarabelt marched to Amrgarh village to retrieve Azhar and Altaf’s body from the custody of forces. Initially, police did not tell them where the bodies have been kept. The people protested and clashed with the police. 

According to witnesses thousands of persons attended Azhar’s funeral who braved heavy snowfall and cold. He was buried near the graves of three militants of nineties (90's) in a vast field which serves as Eid Gah and sports field. People from different areas of the valley poured in Teris to pay homage to Azhar. 

People as far as Islamabad came to visit them, Javed says. “A group of mourners from Islamabad told us that they were amazed to find that a boy from this far off village chose to pick up the gun and fight”. Azhar’s family would hand over a satchel of dates to the visitors. Hanifa brave mother of Azar says that Azhar wanted them to perform his marriage with austerity where instead of Wazwaan, dates and tea had to be served to guests. The marriage was not in his fate but the gift of dates was a symbolic way to fulfill his desire and uphold his ideals posthumously.

MARTYRDOM (Shahadat of youth like highly educated Azar is a slap for so-called democratic India?.  As if Azar had wished he could easily earn 30 40 thousand per month but he choice path of Freedom struggle to free his Helpless nation from domination India with one voice AZAADI (Freedom) And Go India Go Back

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Research & Analysis: Team Voice of kashmir & Rosenjoy

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