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Kashmiris take to Twitter to congratulate Sama Shabir

Kashmiris take to Twitter to congratulate Sama Shabir
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While pro freedom activists and militants have always been making their place in headlines and social media, their children too have become a focus. From Afzal Guru’s son Ghalib Afzal’s success in last year 12th Class Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education exams to Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai’s son, Junaid Ashraf’s joining the militants, from Burhan Wani’s sister Iram Muzaffar’s securing high marks in 12th Class JKBOSE exams last year to Shabir Ahmad Shah’s daughter Sama Shabir Shah’s topping the Class 12th exams of Central Board of School Education from the Jammu and Kashmir, all of them have created a sensation in media, though at different time.

On Saturday at 08:30 pm, Kashmiri twitterati across the world generated a Twitter hashtag #KashmirCelebratesSama to congratulate and express their solidarity with Sama Shabir Shah, the daughter of incarcerated Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, for topping the CBSE Class XII examination from the state.

Sama, a student of Delhi Public School in Srinagar, has achieved the feat by securing 97.8% marks in the said examination and thus topped from the Jammu and Kashmir state. The trend attracted the attention of many non-Kashmiris too who later joined it.
While many just congratulated Sama for her feat, others were seen encouraging her for the choice she has made by expressing her wish of becoming a lawyer and fighting the injustice of various types faced by Kashmiris.

Shabir Ahmed Shah was given a title of “Prisoner of Conscience” by Amnesty International for spending 31 years of his life in prison on different occasions. Last year, he along with many pro freedom activists was summoned by National Investigation Agency for his alleged involvement in money laundering by which he used to fund the Freedom movement of Kashmir. Terming Shabir’s imprisonment as an inspiration and strength, Sama in an interview with BBC Urdu said, “Though there was a depressing atmosphere in our home due to emotional and psychological trauma in addition to collective trauma which is usually faced by a Kashmiri, however with time I got motivated by this. I began to think positively about it.” When asked what motivated her to study hard despite her father being in jail, Sama said that she didn’t look at his father’s 31 years of imprisonment negatively. “I drew inspiration by my Baba’s commitment to a just political belief”, she said.

Sama dedicates this success to her father. “This is my gift to my father. I know whenever he comes to know he will feel proud”, said Sama with full enthusiasm and determination.

Some senior journalists of the state were also seen congratulating Sama for the success.

Many were seen fighting with those who were trying to castigate Sama’s jailed father and extending his labels to her.

The people from state machinery and the bureaucrats also couldn’t help resisting congratulating her.

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