Had the situation in Kashmir not taken the turn it took in 1989-90, Afzal Guru, who was hanged to death early Saturday morning, would have been a well settled man, at least a doctor, who loved his music and poetry if he had not been able to realise his dream of becoming an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.

He loved ghazals so much that probably for this reason he named his son, Ghalib, born in 1999 after the legendry Urdu poet Mirza Galib. He also admired Iqbal, the great Islamic Urdu poet, to whose poetry Muslims look for inspiration.