Schoolmates of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz get emotional as they talk about their friend who was killed by terror group Hizbul Mujahideen. They remember him as a daring young man driven by a passion to do something big in life.
Hours after Ummer Fayaz was killed, his batchmate from school, Sajid Yusuf, took to Facebook. "Sad news for us all Ummer Fayaz our class mate of JNV Anantnag killed by militants in Kulgam last night. May his soul rest in peace!" Mr Yusuf wrote.
"It was a cold blooded murder because he was not in uniform at that time, he was picked up from his cousin's marriage and later killed in Shopian," Sajid Yusuf, a schoolmate of Ummer Fayaz told NDTV.
While the rest of the country has been unanimous in condemning the murder, opinion from Kashmir was somewhat divided.
Strongly condemn the cowardly and barbaric killing of Dr. Umar Fayaz Parray, an Army Doctor in Shopian. Tragic! Solidarity with his family.Junaid Azim Mattu (@Junaid_Mattu) May 10, 2017
Terrorists killed my class mate Umar fayaz in kulgam. He was on wedding ceremony terrorists picked up him and later killed. Rest in peace!साजिद (@Ibne_Sena) May 10, 2017
Army's doctor, Lt Umar Fayaz Parray of Kulgam, shot dead in Shopian. Deserves condemnation. Let's see if his blood looks red or white on TV.— Ahmed Ali Fayyaz (@ahmedalifayyaz) May 10, 2017
Kashmiri Journalist Wasim Khalid wrote on Facebook, "I do not think it was a right decision to kill an army officer, who was unarmed, and had come home to attend a marriage function. He was not a combatant. He was not fighting a war, neither he had done anything which was against the people's cause. He could have been counseled."
"Kashmir's past being an alcove of Sufis, Kashmiris traditionally are against such killings, they see the shades of grey between all the black and white world," said Gowhar Geelani, a political analyst.