TRAL: Mohamnad Ishaq Parray of Laribal, Tral, who was killed along with his two other associates, was a brilliant student and his outstanding performances in secondary and higher secondary classes had earned him the nickname of ‘Newton’ in the area.
Son of a retired government employee, Ishaq, had in 2011 scored 98.4 percent marks in class X exams and 89 percent in class 12 in 2013.
Newton, before joining militant ranks, was preparing for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for professional colleges and had joined a coaching center in Srinagar.
“He left home on March 7 last year for the coaching center but never returned,” his father Mohammad Ismail Parray told Kashmir Reader.
The neighbors and relatives remember him as “highly religious and reclusive.”
“He always offered prayers on time and was an avid reader of Islamic books. He was concerned about divisions among Muslims,” said his cousin (name withheld)
“He had understood Islam in its essence,” he added.
Mohammad Ismail said, “Though he was brilliant in academics, I intended to make him an Islamic scholar.”