The martyrdom of Muhammad Afzal Guru infused a new spirit into the Kashmir movement which is still alive today. His martyrdom anniversary provides an opportunity to ponder over the fact that various countries of the world got independence by sacrificing their precious lives.
Guru was born in Du Aabgah village near Sopore town in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir in 1969 to the family of Habibullah. Habibullah ran a timber and transport business, and died when Afzal was a child.
He completed his schooling from Government School, Sopore. He passed the matriculation exam in 1986 and completed his higher secondary education in Sopore. He subsequently enrolled in the Jhelum valley medical college.
He had completed the first year of his MBBS course and was preparing for competitive exams. But he left the education and became a freedom fighter.