J&K: Promising Footballer Majid Arshid Khan Joins Lashkar-e-Taiba, Announces on Facebook; Family Pleads For Return

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Majid Arshid Khan, Anantnag Footballer Who Joined Lashkar-e-Taiba, Surrenders to Security Forces

It is not known what prompted the youth to return. His friends revealed that he was a changed man when he attended the funeral of his friend who had died in an encounter with the security forces.

Anantnag, Nov 17: A promising footballer from Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, announced on Facebook that he would be joining the terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The police said that Majid Arshid Khan had contacted the overground militant workers and joined Lashkar-e-Taiba on November 9. Majid was a second-year commerce student at the Degree College in Anantnag and now has a new code name: Abu Ishmayel.

Majid Arshid Khan, who had recently showed up with an AK-47 at the funeral of a militant in an encounter, was said to have been working for a well-known charity which helps women and child with care and medical support. It was at a funeral when his family and friends had urged him to return home. In fact, his friends too have been making efforts to make him come back. His mother’s video making an appeal has also gone viral on social media.

“Please bring my son back, I cannot live without him “If he Majid is not coming back, we will lock the house, there is no purpose of us living, if we do not have our son with us,” Majid’s father, who suffered a cardiac arrest hearing the news, said. “Sports was his passion. We all thought he would go ahead in sports and encouraged him,” said his cousin, Nazir Ahmad.

Majid has become a militant and the police’s endeavour will be that he comes back, says Muneer Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir. He added that his family has been 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,” Ahmad Khan said.

Majid’s friends said that he changed after his friend Yawar Nissar was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir in 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, reported Indian Express.