Will Majid, Anantnag’s ace footballer renounce militancy?

Published at November 15, 2017 01:52 AM 0Comment(s)11721views

Mother, friends make passionate appeals
Will try our best to get him back: IGP


Will Majid, Anantnag’s ace footballer renounce militancy?

Javid Ahmad

Srinagar:

“Come back home”—a desperate appeal by parents and friends (on social media) have been made to Majid Irshad Khan, a Caucasian featured ace footballer of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district who deserted his home and left parents in utter shock after joining Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in south Kashmir.
But, will he come back? At least his parents and friends (on social media) want him to lay down the arms.

“Come back...come back and kill us (parents) then go back. Who you have left me for? Majid come as fast as you can... for the sake of your father—ailing from blood pressure (BP),” Majid’s inconsolable mother Ayesha Khan can be seen shrieking and calling his son to home in a Video, shot by a Valley-based photojournalist, Waseem Andrabi.
The lone son of parents, Majid left home recently and his announcement of joining LeT came on November 10 with his gun wielding picture posted on Facebook.
He is an ace footballer in the area and a second-year under-graduate commerce student at the government degree college Anantnag. Majid was also working for a local NGO.
Before joint LeT ranks, Majid is said to have had joined a local football club when he was in ninth standard but it is believed that life took a u-turn for him after he participated in his friend Yawar Nissar Shergujri’s funeral who was also killed in an encounter with forces in Herpora-Kanelwan-Karvel, Anantnag on August 03.

“JaB shoq e shahadat hou dil mai...tou suuli say gabrana kya, (When you aspire for martyrdom then why fear the gallows),” Majid had wrote on his Facebook timeline on October 29 with his photograph showing index finger up.
Now, the Majid’s Facebook timeline is flooded with posts by his friends—some praying for his safety and some pleading him to “come back” home.
“Khan Majid plz come back for your parents and sisters...Teri yaad buhut sata rahi hai ( we miss you) Ab mujay kon danish bhaya bulai ga... ( who will call me Danish bhaya), plz come,” Danish Bhat wrote on Majid’s FB timeline.
His friend on Facebbok wrote, “Khan Majid today I saw your maa and abu, they are completely broken, please come back. Don’t leave your parents like that... please, zuw wapaa aa. . You are the only hope of your parents, they can't take this separation. I swear by Allah I was not able to talk with them. I saw tears rolling down from the eyes of your father and mother....Please Majid for sake of them please come back...we love you.”
Earlier, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had said that “killing militants was easy but not militancy, if militancy has to be wiped out, forces have to take along people and win their hearts.”
Over 170 militants have been killed, highest in a decade, including a dozen top commanders. Out of them 100 foreign militants were killed in Kashmir plains and along the Line of Control. But, the militant killings has not subsided the militant recruitment, as nearly 40 youths have joined militant ranks in recent months, sources said.
“If 20 militants get killed, obviously 10 more would join, mostly Over Ground Workers fill the space,” said a police officer posted in south Kashmir.
Recently, General Officer Commanding of Army’s Victor Force, Major General BS Raju had admitted that “number of militants has not decreased but the quality of militancy has come down.”
“The recruitment process was still on. While it keeps varying from month to month. But, it has come down from the high—15 militants a month in July-August and right now it is closer to 8 to 9 militants a month. The issue of new recruitment is a cause of concern,” GoC Raju had said.
While the anti-militancy operations are in full swing in Kashmir Valley, forces have many times appealed local militants to lay down arms and “they subsequently would be helped with rehabilitation and to join mainstream”.
But, militants have not surrendered but some have been apprehended during anti-militancy operations this year. In one case, wherein family had extended their cooperation to Police was able to nab a college student, Tufail Ahmad Mir, 18, son of Abdul Qadeer Mir of Parimpora, Srinagar days after he had joined militancy in May this year.
According to sources, police have talked to Majid’s family and efforts are being made to get him back.
“In this case, we are making all possible efforts and have also spoken to the family; we want him to come back. Appeals are being made on social media also. His family is very disturbed right now, they want their lone son to come back,” said a police officer, posted in South Kashmir.
“We keep on watching at Facebook posts for Majid,” the officer added.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan told Rising Kashmir that police will use all channels and try to make Majid come back.
“Yes, certainly we will do our effort, be it using back channels, taking to his family or friends and trying our best to get him back,” Khan said when asked whether police officers on the ground have been directed to make efforts to get back Majid.

javid@risingkashmir.com

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