Abdul Hamid Dar, father of slain Ishfaq Dar of Dogripora who was killed in an encounter with forces vividly remembers his last meeting with his son.
"I advised him to go to Pakistan to save your life. He refused," Dar said at his house in Dogripora village.
"He told me not to think much about worldly things. It has to end someday. I request you to pray for my Shahadat."
Dar a teacher by profession is proud of his son. "He never tolerated any wrong in the society. He took drug dealers head-on. I am proud of him. He had a good understanding of what is right and what is wrong."
On 11 Oct 2014, few days after Ishfaq was released on payroll, he as usual offered Magrib prayers in a local Masjid and without telling anything to his family left to join militants.
Relatives and neighbours were all praise for him. "Since his childhood, he was very pious. We have never seen him missing any Nimaz."
Apart from completing his graduation from Anantnag (Islambad) Degree College, Ishfaq had memorized seventeen chapters of Quran without attending any religious seminary or a guide.
"He used to keep Quran in front of him and simultaneously listen to Quran on Pakistani Urdu," Ishfaq's Father told Greater Kashmir.
Around three kilometres from Dogripora, Pala family was in shock. People in droves came their house to have last glimpse of their slain son Haseeb Ahmed Palla killed in Panzgam encounter.
Haseeb's father Ghulam Muhammad Palla has met his militant son only once. "The Ishaa prayers were approaching when someone knocked at our door and asked him to accompany them. That was the first and last time I saw Haseeb. He requested me to pray for success of his mission (Shahdat)."
Ishfaq Ahmad Baba had recently passed his 10th class examination and was assisting his father at his shop in Tahab village of Pulwama when suddenly he left to join militants, Ishfaqs relative told Greater Kashmir.