“I prefer optimism over cynicism. We should hope for best. Giving up or escaping from problems won’t fix them”
Before some ten or fifteen minutes of Abrar’s demise, we spoke with one of our friends and asked him about Abrar’s well-being. He informed us that he is stable and also told us about the unfortunate event which Abrar had to go through.
Couple of days before, Abrar along with his father and uncle had met with an accident near Pampore. His uncle died on spot while Abrar and his father got severely injured and were shifted to SMHS, Hospital in Srinagar. After a day Abrar got stable but was unconscious.
Then this unfortunate event happened. Abrar was declared COVID-19 positive and was taken to Chest and Disease (CD) Hospital in Dalgate area of Srinagar. Due to the dearth of neurologists and critical care at CD Hospital Abrar’s health deteriorated. As a result he succumbed to his injuries and left for heavens.
Like his family and relatives, Abrar’s sudden demise was absolutely shocking for us. The sheer negligence of medical authorities at SMHS Hosptial was the cause of his death. Abrar had grave injuries and needed special medical care but contrary to it, he was declared as COVID-19 positive and then shifted to CD Hospital, a place meant wholly and solely for treatment of lung related ailments.
His death seems to be a deliberate negligence which gives rise to number of speculations that ultimately leads to conclusions being believed in his hometown. There should be a thorough investigation in the matter. It should come clear to us, was it a deliberate murder or just a coincidental negligence?
Abrar belonged to Shopian district, a place known for its sacrifices of all ages and races. He was modest, down to earth who really cared for the downtrodden people. An eloquent speaker with philosophical wit and deep inter-disciplinary knowledge made Abrar unique among his peers. He came from a place which is hard hit by militancy but his belief in rule of law was stern.
Whenever we spoke him about the disinterest of West on long-standing issues of Kashmir and Palestine, he used to say, “I prefer optimism over cynicism. We should hope for best. Giving up or escaping from problems won’t fix them.”
He had great convincing power, with his brilliant mind he would convince anyone what he believed. He was a man of reason, skill and intellect. He had all this but never showed off; you could ask him question and he would answer with humility.
Above all, he was a humanist who valued everyone. He never made anyone feel worthless. We were his friends but sometimes we used to envy him for the attributes he possessed.
Many of Abrar’s friends including us still don’t believe his demise. He was champion for us, role model for teens and a shining star for the University. He was student of Law at Central University of Kashmir.
Full of passion and enthusiasm, he was an active participant of debates, clean and articulate writer who used to write for various newspapers and magazines. He devoted his precious time to Kashmir- politics, social and economic issues. It would be no exaggeration if I say he was an epitome of knowledge; he participated in two International conferences in Germany where along with his team members, finished second at International moot court conference in Nuremberg, Germany.
His demise is the demise of his hope, the demise of our hope and the demise of hope of all those teens who consider him as role model.
Authors are Abrar Reyaz’s friends from South Kashmir and studying at NIT, Srinagar