Sopore was a ‘liberated zone’—a Jaffna for Kashmiri freedom fighters, in the early ’90s. Dar’s brother was shot dead by militants while he was working in his paddy fields some years ago.
“I don’t think the most important qualification for entering politics is education. It is character: working at the grassroots makes you dear to the oppressed. I have cultivated trustworthiness and so people love and elect me as their representative in the assembly.