Elated Insha plans to pursue arts stream

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 1/11/2018 2:42:14 PM

‘Happy but nothing can ease my pain of daughter’s blindness'

ANANTNAG, Jan 10: When the news of her success in matriculation exams reached Insha Mushtaq on Tuesday her joy knew no bounds. The news brought a smile on her face after a long time as she was confused between her success and failure since the day she had finished her exams.
"I was overjoyed on hearing the news. When I heard I have secured 370 marks it gave me real joy as I had not expected so. Though, I had worked hard and performed well in exams but still I had fears in my mind," Insha told Kashmir Times over phone.
Insha was blinded by the pellets fired by the government forces when she was standing on the window of her house during 2016 mass uprising. She had also suffered brain damage due to pellets. Though she was taken to many hospitals outside the state and underwent many surgeries but could not regain her eyesight.
The blindness, however, did not deter Insha from continuing her studies. She used brail method to learn and remember her lessons and appeared in class 10 exams last year, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.
Though before the tragedy struck her, Insha had dreamt of becoming a doctor but now she has changed her plans.
"Now I have decided to pursue my studies in arts stream and leave the rest to Allah," she said.
Insha’s father, Mushtaq Ahmad, is also happy on her daughter’s success but says that nothing can bring back the eyesight of her daughter.
"My daughter has achieved success in exams despite her blindness and as any other father I am also happy on her success. But this is not going to ease the pain of her losing eyesight," Mushtaq said.
He said that he won’t become a hurdle in her daughter’s decisions.
"My daughter wants to pursue further studies and I will support her in whatever she chooses to do. I won't tell her to go ahead according to my choice," he said.
Meanwhile, social networking sites were flooded with congratulations for Insha over her success in the exams with people praising her talent and determination.
A Facebook user, Nazar bin Ali wrote on the Facebook, "Congrats...Insha. I as a Kashmiri feel proud of you. You proved that you determination and talent was stronger than those pellets".



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