South Kashmir's prodigal footballer son returns

Top Indian police officers in Srinagar say neither he has been arrested nor has he surrendered

Top Indian police officers in Srinagar say neither he has been arrested nor has he surrendered

Honest request to all the boys who have picked up arms.

Anantnag's 20-year-old promising footballer, who had joined militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba recently, returned on Friday. On Tuesday, his father, 59-year-old Irshad Ahmad Khan, complained of pain in the chest and was admitted to the hospital for treatment.

As the news of mild heart attack suffered by Khan was telecast by private national news channels and uploaded social media last evening, Majid contacted his family members expressing his willingness to return home, last evening.

"His parents' efforts bore fruit and he decided on his own to shun violence and pursue his academics and passion for football. If he is Majid is not coming back, we will lock the house, there is no goal of us living, if we do not have our son with us", Majid's father, who suffered a cardiac arrest hearing the news, had said on the social media.

"He (Majid) has become a militant and our endeavour will be that he comes back".

Majid with his team
Footballer turned militant surrenders before forces in south Kashmir

"Most importantly, I would like to compliment the fearless boy (Majid) who chose to shun the path of violence and get back to the mainstream", Raju said, while addressing a press conference inside the Victor Forces headquarters in Awantipora.

The Army said that the 20-year-old footballer took a fearless decision and that he will return to his family soon.

Khan's pictures with AK-47 went viral online as he announced joining militancy two weeks ago. Majid was previously working with an NGO Mother Helpage, a charity organisation, and had motivated almost 300-odd youth to work for the good of the people in south Kashmir.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that "mother's love" prevailed and forced the footballer-turned-militant Majid to return to his family. She tweeted, "A mother's love prevailed". He as well his other relatives and friends of Majid lost no time to appeal him to return home, a close friend of Majid told Kashmir Wire. Mehbooba has been successful in persuading security forces to deal with militants with more sensitivity and an approach that can facilitate their return.

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