SRINAGAR: The recent return of a Kashmiri youth, Majid Irshad Khan was seen as an act of triumph of motherly love according to the state CM, Mehbooba Mufti. Mufti took to Twitter to express her views on the return of the 20-year-old Majid who recently joined the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) after his mother in a video appealed to him to return back.
A mothers love prevailed. Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Majid, an aspiring footballer back home. Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most.https://t.co/L3xHEAXxUK
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 17, 2017
“Come back…come back and kill us (parents) then go back. Who you have left me for? Majid come as fast as you can… for the sake of your father—ailing from blood pressure (BP),” Majid’s mother Ayesha Khan can be seen shrieking and calling her son to home in a video shot by photojournalist, Waseem Andrabi.
Majid’s Facebook timeline was also flooded with posts from friends, with a majority of them requesting him to return.
“Majid please come back for your parents and sisters. We miss you. Who will call me Danish bhaiya now, please come back,” a friend wrote on Majid’s Facebook timeline.
Another friend posted, “Majid today I saw your mother and father and they are completely broken. Please come back and don’t leave your parents like that. You are the only hope of your parents and they can’t take this separation. I swear by Allah I was not able to talk with them. I saw tears rolling down from the eyes of your father and mother. Please, for the sake of your parents, please come back. We love you.”
The CRPF recently offered a helpline to let local militants return to their homes with impunity.
Majid, an ace footballer from Anantnag district who was in his 2nd year of B.Com at the Government Boys Degree College in the district, joined LeT a few weeks ago and his picture with an AK-47 rifle and an ammunition pouch had gone viral on social media. “Jab shauk e shahadat ho dil mai…toh suli se ghabrana kya, (When you aspire for martyrdom then why fear the gallows),” Majid wrote on his Facebook timeline on October 29 with his photograph showing index finger up.
Before joining militancy, Majid was working with a humanitarian organisation as a volunteer and emergency head. Majid is the second youth from the area to join militancy in over a decade.
Earlier, in July his friend Yawar Nisar joined the Hizbul Mujahideen and died in an encounter with security forces in a village in the district Anantnag the following month.