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To defend innocents, nephew of blast accused wants to become lawyer

Malegaon: He would probably have become a Chartered Accountant earning fabulously and living in style. But he chose not to and instead decided to become a lawyer to defend innocents who are arrested in blast and other such cases.

Afzal Nawaz Jameel Ahmed, 23, was preparing for his +10 exams when his uncle, Shabbir Ahmed Masihullah, was arrested in the Malegaon blast case in 2006. The life for him was full of fun and excitement. Belonging to a family doing comfortably well with his ancestor’s textile business, Afzal wanted to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) to help his family and others in accounts.

That the town had only few Muslim CAs, was probably the factor that encouraged him to choose the career. Things however took a tragic and unexpected turn when one morning the family was informed that Shabbir was detained by the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). (

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 22

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