Kashmiri youth who joined LeT surrenders

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Majid Irshad Khan, a top footballer of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) who recently took up arms to liberate the disputed valley from India, has returned home after listening to his mother's appeal. Permitted Majid to leave on mother's request: LeT Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Mehmood Shah said a youth Majid Khan, who joined the militants over a week ago, was permitted to leave for his home on the request of his mother, since he was the only guarantor to his household.

The sources added that he was handed over to Army's 15 Corps in Awantipora town.

However, Majid's father Irshad Khan, speaking to the TOI, said he was "grateful to all the residents of Anantnag and media who helped" him in disseminating his appeal to his son to return home.

The video had gone viral.

The development came after a video of Majid's mother 50-year-old Asyia Begum, crying and begging him to return home surfaced.

Khan, who works in Tehsildar's office in Anantnag said there were scenes of jubilations at their home, with relatives and friends visiting to congratulate the family for the return of their lone son.

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According to the police, the footballer, a second year commerce student at Anantnag, had some links with the overground workers of the Pakistan-based group, which made it easier him to join the outfit.

Gen Raju, who commands the Army's Victor Force in southern Kashmir, urged other Kashmiri youths to also give up militancy.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that "mother's love" prevailed and forced the footballer-turned-militant Majid to return to his family.

In Majid's case, his close friend Yawar Nisar joining militancy in July and eventually getting killed a month later, inspired the footballer to join militant ranks. "Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most", tweeted Mehbooba. "The fear of social stigma clouds their judgement", she further wrote.

Omar Abdullah, the National Conference working president and former Chief Minister said that he hopes Majid could lead a normal life and would "not be harassed".

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