More Families Urge Militant Sons To Return Home

Srinagar—The 20-year-old  footballer turned militant, Majid Khan,  who gave himself  up  before Indian army on last week, became a trend setter as two more families followed suit and  sent in video appeals to their wards to return home.

First one was the parents of  a shopkeeper, Ashiq Hussain Bhat. They approached the media with a message for him to return to their home in Shopian district.  A photograph of Ashiq brandishing a gun had earlier gone viral on the social media. He went missing last week purportedly to join the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“My son did not return home from the shop on November 9, after which the picture turned up on the Internet,” said  Fehmeed, Ashiq’s mother. “There’s no meaning to our lives without Ashiq. I want him to return. Without him, we will either consume poison or lock this place and run away.”

His father Mohammad  Ishaq did not lag behind he was equally inconsolable. “What will we do now? He was the sole breadwinner of this family, and his wife is also with us. What will we do?” he asked.

The second case pertains to Manzoor Ahmad Baba, a 20-year-old fruit grower from Pulwama who allegedly joined the ranks of militants recently. “If he is with your organisation, please let him go. I have nobody but my children,” said his mother, Zawhra Bano, in a video that has gone viral on the Internet.

 Police  sources said that Baba had joined militants in the Valley.

These appeals followed footballer Majid Khan’s surrender on Friday, after his mother asked him to return home in a video posted on the social media. A resident of Anantnag in south Kashmir, Khan was a bright student and a popular football goalkeeper before he became the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s latest recruit last week – much to the shock of his family and neighbours.

Mahmood Shah chief of the militant organisation in Jammu and Kashmir, was quoted by the media as saying that Khan was permitted to leave on the request of his mother.

Army and police made it emphatically clear that no charges would be framed against Khan and described his decision as “brave”.

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