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Tawseef was a ‘man of numbers’ before joining militancy

Tawseef was a ‘man of numbers’ before joining militancy
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Pulwama: It took no time for Tawseef from becoming a man of numbers by having a PG in Mathematics and a teacher at the same time, to calculating his risk of taking up arms and joining the militant ranks. It ended all on Thursday when he died fighting during an encounter.
Tawseef Ahmad Thoker, son GhulamMohiudinThoker of Charsoo in the neighborhood of Awantipora town went missing on May 14 last year, who was one among the three slain militants killed in Tral gunfight.
The slain militant was a private school teacher before he joined the militant ranks. Tawseef joined HM, a militant outfit on 14 May, the same day he went missing from home.
Tawseef alias Abu Talha was a postgraduate in Mathematics besides having BEd degree.
GhulamMohiudin, father of the slain militant said that his son left home on 14 May around 5:30 pm to visit a relative in Panzgam village and said he will spend the night there but he didn’t return the next day.
“Next day, we tried to establish contact with him on his mobile phone but his phone was switched off,” his father said, adding that he contacted his relatives in Panzgam to know the whereabouts of his son but they informed them that Tawseef didn’t visit them and they have no information about him.
At last, his father said they filed a missing in police station Awantipora, adding that “my son was mature and I think the path he choose was right.”
“My son was mature and well qualified. Joining militant ranks was his own decision. Neither had I asked him to join any group nor I asked him to return,” he said.
Tawseef has left behind three brothers, elder one Jan Mohammad is living separately from the last eight years, two younger brothers Athar and Nawaz Ahmad are pursuing master’s in English and integrated course in mathematics from Central University of Kashmir respectively, while as his sister Razia is a 12th class student, besides parents and paternal aunt.
Notably, his father who retired as a Headmaster of High School Padgampora was booked under PSA for about three months for participating in pro-freedom rallies during 2016 agitation.
Meanwhile, the body of slain Tawseef reached home on Thursday evening and he will be laid to rest on Friday, locals said.

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