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Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Footballer-turned-militant surrenders in south Kashmir

Footballer-turned-militant surrenders in south Kashmir

The development came after a tearful video appeal by his 50-year-old mother Ashiya Begum had gone viral on social media and netizens had urged Khan to quit militancy and return home. "Although, most importantly, I would like to complement fearless boy Majid Khan himself who chose to shun the path of violence and get back to the mainstream", he said.

"We assure that there will be no charges pressed against him". Later, the police confirmed that Majid, a resident of Sadiqabad locality of Anantnag town in South Kashmir and only son of his parents, joined Lashkar-e-Taiba. "Hope he can go back to leading a normal life and not be harassed", Abdullah tweeted while reacting on a report of the surrender of the footballer-turned-militant.

The family reside at Sadiqabad and Majid's decision to go the millitancy route came after seeing his friend Yawar Nissar killed in an encounter in south Kashmir in August.

Majid's mother in tears was shown on social media pleading "please bring my son back, I can not live without him". Neither has he surrendered nor was he apprehended.

On Friday, both GOC Victor Force Major General BS Raju and IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan said Majid will not be tried for joining the terror outfit. "It is our honest endeavour that these misguided youth come back and join the mainstream", he added.

The police also seconded the efforts of bringing back Majid.

On Thursday, police officer Khan reiterated his appeal to local militants to shun violence and resume normal life by joining their families.

Majid Khan's cousin confirmed to Hindustan Times that the family had heard that he had surrendered but said they were awaiting further details.

"I thank all those who appealed him to return", said Irshad.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had also welcomed Majid's decision to return home.

"A mothers love prevailed. Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most".

"I understand that predicament of young boys who have strayed into militancy".

An Indian Express report stated that after the footballer's close friend Yawar Nissar was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir in the first week of August, Khan's chose to join the LeT.

Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Toiba chief, Mahmood Shah, in an emailed statement said Majid was permitted to leave for his home on the request of his mother since he was the only guarantor to his household.

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