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The story of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani – a terrorist-turned patriotic martyr
Mahazbeen, wife of terrorist-turned-martyr Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry will receive the Ashok Chakra for her martyred husband from Ram Nath Kovind, President of India on the Republic Day 2019.

It is indeed an inspiring story of a patriotic Kashmiri young man who is the first man from the Valley of Kashmir to receive the Ashok Chakra, the highest gallantry award awarded for an act of bravery in peace time.

The story is a true example of a young man who had taken the gun to fight against the Republic of India for a mistaken cause of freedom for his homeland having been brainwashed by bearded Islamic preachers who had infiltrated from Pakistan. Day in and day out, they would tell tales of the Indian Army desecrating their places of worship, their books of religion and ravishing their women. The cock and bull stories were bound to make an impact on raw minds of the Kashmiri youth, especially in the absence of intensive counter propaganda to tell the truth and lay bare false tales.

Nazir Ahmed like other Kashmiri youth felt suffocated on listening to false tales every now and then. He had no option but to join the ranks of other misguided young men who mistakenly thought that they had no choice but to defend the Deen or their Islamic faith and honour of their women. During these terror strikes he discovered to his horror that the Pakistani propagandist were leading them up the garden path. He realized rather early that false stories of atrocities on Kashmiri women and desecration of their Islamic places of worship were being fed to him and other misguided Kashmiri young men.

Seeing is believing, he discovered the truth for himself and found his women safe and sound and places of worship untouched. The discovery of truth awakened him. With his eyes open and mind shut no more, he quietly slipped out of the clutches of his so-called Pakistani mentors who were in fact torture agents of the neighbouring country exploiting both young women and boys for their sexual satisfaction. When the truth shone like Sun and the wisdom dawned on him, he chose the right path of liberating his Kashmiri men and women from bondage of Pakistanis.

Nazir Ahmed Wani joined the Territorial Army unit attached to the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. Its training centre was in the Kashmir Valley where he could breathe fresh air, the air of freedom. It was the real liberation for Wani and he wanted to teach the Pakistanis a lesson. He received intensive training in Counter-Insurgency and made up his mind to fight to finish and send some misguided Kashmiri youth who had become terrorists like him.

Nazir Ahmed Wani was now self-motivated to fight for his beloved Kashmir and teach the wrong doers a lesson. He never faltered in his mission. In many an operation against terrorists, both Pakistani and local, he had the better of them and foiled their terror plans. Wani knew their modus operandi as he had been one of them not too long ago. His ferocious counter-attacks and both planning and execution of anti-terror operations came as a surprise to both friends and foe. Nazir Ahmed Wani's bravery in skirmishes and anti-terror operations became talk of the town. The young neo-patriot was awarded Sena Medal for gallantry twice and this rightful award further enthused him to go in for more kills both far and near.

On 24th November 2018, while engaging in another counter-insurgency operation, Wani eliminated a terrorist in a close quarter battle. Soon another terrorist of foreign descent came rather close to Wani with is gun blazing but Wani, with grit and determination, bumped him off too. Unfortunately, there were too many of them around and while making an endeavour to kill one of them, Nazir Wani received a burst fire from them and fell fighting for the cause of his motherland, and loved ones. Wani made the supreme sacrifice leaving behind his wife and two children but saving others from being rendered widows and orphans.

The Republic of India has honoured the brave son of the soil by conferring on him the Ashok Chakra posthumously.  The Rashtrapati will confer the great honour on him by presenting the medal to his wife, Mahazbeen, on 26 January 2019 at the Rajpath.

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