Kashmiri Footballer Who Came Back From Lashkar-e-Taiba Gets Training Offer From Baichung Bhutia

Social media is a powerful tool, we all know that. More than once it has brought to light stories that would have otherwise be left unheard. The viral formula is so strong these days that it can help miracles happen.

In another win for the social media community, a video of a wailing mother went viral. 20-year-old Majid Khan, a bright student, and a promising footballer joined the terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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According to Hindustan Times, Majid is a bright student and in both class 10th and 12th was among the toppers in the district. He was brainwashed by the terrorist organisation and taken as a recruit from the Kashmir valley.

After his mother’s tearful appeal to her son went viral on the internet Majid was presented before the media at an army headquarters in south Kashmir. He surrendered himself and came back to his sorrowful parents.

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According to a Hindustan Times report, Majid came back on his own.

Everyone welcomed the youngster with open arms including the current CM, Mehbooba Mufti who tweeted saying,

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The incident warmed many hearts on social media as well and the story went viral.

In the most recent developments, even iconic Indian footballer, Baichung Bhutia, has written to Jammu and Kashmir’s football association extending his support to Kashmiri youth Majid Khan in pursuing his football dream. According to Hindustan Times, he said,

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“I was very sad to read reports of Majid joining a terrorist organisation. Football has provided solace to many over the years and I felt he requires a platform to play the beautiful game again.”

He said that he has got in touch with the J&K Football Association and offered to train him in his academy in Delhi.

Majid has made a name for himself as a goalkeeper and is considered one of the best in the district. Being a lover of the game himself, Bhutia knows the power of sports. He is convinced that football can help Majid come back to normal life, he said,

“Once you start kicking the ball again, you never know, your lives may just kick-off again. We want Majid to come back to normal life at the earliest.”

 

We’re elated that Majid came back and put down his weapons. It is sad and terrifying that such young and talented people are being brainwashed and taking the road to violence. We hope Bhutia’s offer lets Majid pursue his passion and make a name for himself and India on the field.