Indian-occupied Kashmir's top footballer joins freedom movement

Published: November 15, 2017
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Majid Irshad Khan. PHOTO: Facebook

Majid Irshad Khan. PHOTO: Facebook

A top footballer of Indian-occupied Kashmir has taken up arms to liberate his land from the clutches of India.

Majid Irshad Khan, 20, a district-level footballer of Anantnag in the southern part of held-Kashmir, joined the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba a few days ago. Majid was a a second-year under-graduate commerce student at the Government Boys’ Degree College, Anantnag.

He is a renowned footballer of the town and had passed class 10 and 12 board examinations with high scores, according to Hindustan Times.

Majid’s friend, Yawar Nisar, joined the Hizbul Mujahideen in July this year and was martyred in an encounter with the Indian security forces on August 3.

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Majid announced his decision by posting a picture on Facebook holding an AK-47 that went viral on social networking sites.  “Why look up at the stars when the biggest star is me,” he wrote in the post.

PHOTO: Facebook

Family and friends say Majid was also working with a humanitarian organisation as a volunteer and emergency head.

Before he picked up a gun, Majid had made a name for himself as the goalkeeper of an Anantnag-based cricket and football club which he joined when he was in the ninth class.

“Everyone knows Majid. He was one of the best goalkeepers Anantnag district has produced,” said an official of the club. He has known Majid for six years now.

Majid with his team. PHOTO: Facebook

The official played a video on his smartphone in which Majid is a goalkeeper during a penalty shootout. “In this match, about a month earlier, Majid saved three goals,” he added.

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Many believe the death of his close friend Yawar Nisar was a turning point in Majid’s life.

The young footballer at his friend Yawar Nisar’s funeral. PHOTO: Facebook

“The difference between the present day militancy and the one that existed in the early 1990s is that the ideological conviction of the present generation is far more superior,” a top police official said.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • BruteForce
    Nov 16, 2017 - 1:50AM

    LeT, is a UN blacklisted Terror organization. Its shocking that a Pakistani newspaper calls an LeT member, a Freedom Fighter.

    I guess Pakistanis have given up the presence of supporting Terror groups, like in the 90s. This is good for India. India will be able to build a stronger case citing such reports. We Indians will share such news reports showing active support to Terror groups by Pakistani media.

    Pakistanis, turns out, will never realize the time for Islamic movements is dead and buried. Its not 1946 any more. Nobody is going to fail for Islamic blackmail. Recommend

  • Sunil
    Nov 16, 2017 - 6:13AM

    Taking arms in Kashmir is freedom movement, what about TTP, Hijbul Tahir, Jundallah, Gulbahadur, Lashkar E Jhangvi, Jamaat Ul Arhar……what are they fighting forRecommend

  • Anurag
    Nov 16, 2017 - 7:28AM

    His story ends here.Recommend

  • Atif
    Nov 16, 2017 - 8:48AM

    Hope he has more success in this new career.Recommend

  • abdul awaal
    Nov 16, 2017 - 9:24AM

    Instead of counting goals he will be counting his days now.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Nov 16, 2017 - 1:04PM

    @BruteForce: Go stop the youngsters from being impressed by LET. who is stopping your government to grant Kashmiris basic human rights so they dont look at LET type organisations to get their rights back. At-least don’t use pellet guns at the people living there, don’t kill/blind them for merely throwing stones at you.

    @Sunil: The difference between Kashmir Freedom Fighters and terrorists groups in Pakistan is that Kashmiri Fighter are fighting for their homeland and they don’t get paid for that.

    @Anurag: It is not about this guy, its about sending a message. Definitely his story will not end but it will motivate many more youngsters like him to stand up against unjustified occupancy of Kashmir territory.

    @abdul Awaal: Every living organism in this universe will taste death. so will you and me. Better to live one day like a lion than a thousand sheepishly.Recommend

  • Adz
    Nov 20, 2017 - 2:26PM

    Kashmir proves the 2 nation theory. Hindus and muslims can’t live together. Muslims of india need a seperate homeland. Another pakistan is in the making.Recommend

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