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Footballer joins Lashkar-e-Toiba, police appeal with parents, friends: Come back home

Because they all recognised the youth carrying an AK 47 — he was Majid Arshid Khan, a promising goalkeeper who, when he was not playing for the local football team, used to work for a well-known charity that provides women and child care, and medical support.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: November 17, 2017 11:34 am
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Six days ago, when a young man from Anantnag town announced on Facebook that he was joining the militant ranks, it left many in south Kashmir stunned. Because they all recognised the youth carrying an AK 47 — he was Majid Arshid Khan, a promising goalkeeper who, when he was not playing for the local football team, used to work for a well-known charity that provides women and child care, and medical support.

Police said Majid made contact with overground militant workers and was now with the Lashkar-e-Toiba. On Thursday, a day after he showed up with an AK-47 at the funeral of a militant killed in an encounter in Khund, his family, friends and police urged him to return.

Muneer Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, said: “He (Majid) has become a militant and our endeavour will be that he comes back. Even his family members are trying to get him back. We will second the efforts of the family. Not only Majid, all other youth who have joined militancy, police will do everything to bring them back and rehabilitate. It is our sincere endeavour that these misguided youth come back and join the mainstream.”

UPDATE | Kashmiri footballer who joined Lashkar-e-Toiba returns home

Majid’s friends say that the second-year commerce student — he studied at the Degree College in Anantnag — changed after Yawar Nissar, his closest friend, was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir in the first week of August. ‘’He attended the funeral of his friend and wept as they laid the body to rest. After that, he was a changed person,’’ a friend said.

Ever since he announced he was picking up arms, his friends have been making frantic appeals via social media, urging him to return home for the sake of his parents. A video of Majid’s mother Asyia Khan had gone viral. In the video, she is crying, asking her son to return.

A friend, writing on his Facebook timeline, said: “Please come back Majid Soba… We love you… Your parents, friends and relatives are waiting for you. We will support you… Please come back.’’ According to police records, 170 militants, including 70 local militants, have been killed this year in different gunbattles in the Valley.

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  1. L
    Nov 17, 2017 at 10:55 am
    The muslim youngsters neither have the skills nor the ap ude to earn an honest living. They were designed like that by Mohammad the great. He wanted them as Jehadis to fight for control of the entire earth He promised them JANNAT and 72 virgins if they fell in fights BY the grace of Allah they are bestowed with dysfunctional brains which renders them sub-humans thus aiding them become lunatics. ALL IS GOING ON AS PER MOHAMMAD'S LAYOUT Thanks to crusaders ( christians ) for putting spokes in their wheels.
    1. M
      Nov 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
      One must not forget that KHANS and KHATUNS have nothing to do with filthy Islam,---KHANS and KHATUNS originally are BUDDHISTS until Arab invasion of Mon-go-lia,---ghengis khan was a Buddhst monk who declared a war against the Arab invasion and got defeated and the 3rd son of ghengis khan was forced to embrace filthy Islam under the sword,------MULLASS filthy MUZZIES of filthy Islam since than adopted the name KHAN and Islamised it,----KHAN is also an offshoot of KHANNA---Hindus,----my humble request to sir anupam KHer is to ban and censor all khan movies until these MULLASS MUZZIES rivert to the original KHAN who are Buddhists by birth,-----Jai hind.
      1. R
        Nov 17, 2017 at 10:29 am
        MESSAGE TO MUSLIMS---------For you journey from HINDUISM TO CONVERSION have been VERY PAINFUL , when concept of islam and allah were created in 7th century in arab, it used violence to convert people of nearby areas…......…and when those arab terrorist started attacking India, wherever they found people living peacefully, they brutalized them and forcibly converted them........, some notorious examples are somnath temple attack and conversions, taimur, khilji and aurangjeb torture and conversions………all these terrorists employed most brutal methods like torture, rape, kidnapping, killing on ur families to convert…..…Hindus who had weapons, fought back and saved as many as possible from conversion......Now you MUST PLEASE QUESTION YOURSELF that is it right to praise and defend the same terrorists who brutalized ur ancestors for conversion???....you people are HINDUS BY GENEALOGY, a few generations ago all of YOU WERE HINDUS living happy lives before those terrorrists ruined it.....thanks
        1. S
          Shafted mohammed
          Nov 17, 2017 at 10:00 am
          Inshallah , he would get killed soon like other terrorists.
          1. R
            Nov 17, 2017 at 9:54 am
            IDOL WORSHIP IN HINDUISM AND CULT OF ISLAM-------------Hindus worship idols of THE GODS which are one in many and many in one, creator of this entire multiverse and all its creatures. ---------------BUT IN ISLAM they worship idols of SOME DEAD BODIES. Everywhere they just make a KABRA of some dead body, put shawl over it and start worshiping that IDOL OF dead body, and START MINTING MONEY FROM THAT DEAD BODY IDOL.----------In every masjid there is an idol of some buried dead body. ----------WHY MULLAS WORSHIP IDOL OF SOME DEAD BODY?? Is this why there so much PAIN AND SUFFERING in this filthy cult of islam??? Worshiping dead bodies is CURSE and this curse will make ur life painful and will bring bad luck!! Dont worship the dead bodies!!!
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