Kashmiri footballer Majid Khan leaves LeT after mother’s plea; no charges, says army

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Two local news agencies quoted Mahmood Shah, a self-styled chief of LeT in Jammu and Kashmir, as saying that Majid Khan was “permitted” to leave on the request of his mother

INDIA Updated: Nov 18, 2017 09:29 IST
Hindustan Times, Awantipora
A 20-year-old Kashmiri man who had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group surrendered after his mother launched a tearful appeal to him to return in a video widely shared on social media, police said on Friday.

A resident of Anantnag in south Kashmir, Majid Khan was a bright student and a popular football goalkeeper before he became LeT’s latest recruit in the Valley last week, triggering grief among family members and neighbours.

Khan, dressed in a black pheran (traditional Kashmiri overcoat) and a skull cap, was presented before the media at an army headquarters at Awantipora in south Kashmir. He reportedly took up arms after a close friend was killed in a shootout with security forces this year.

A photograph of Khan brandishing an AK 47 rifle was shared widely on social media last week, leaving his parents distraught. Hindustan Times was the first to report on his parents’ plight that was caught on a short video. “Majid, come back. Come back and kill your father and me, and then go back again,” the mother implored as a dozen women tried to console her.

Two local news agencies, GNS and KNS, quoted Mahmood Shah, a self-styled chief of LeT in Jammu and Kashmir, as saying that Khan was “permitted” to leave on the request of his mother.

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