Indian-occupied Kashmir's top footballer joins freedom movement

Majid Irshad Khan, the 'best goalkeeper Anantnag district has ever produced', joins Lashkar-e-Tayyaba

News Desk November 15, 2017
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.


Adz | 6 years ago | Reply 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.
Bilal | 6 years ago | Reply @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.
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