Footballer shunned militancy sent outside State: Majid Khan, the 20-year-old footballer turned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who give up the gun and returned home a fortnight back, has been sent outside the state by the Army to pursue his studies.“Majid wanted to continue his education and the Army facilitated it and shifted him outside the state. He has again taken up studies a defence official said. He said the decision to shift Majid for education outside the state was taken with the approval of his family. Before joining militant ranks, Majid Arshid Khan was a renowned soccer player in his home town of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir.At the time Majid was an undergraduate commerce student and had secured high marks in Classes X and XII exams. The young football prodigy mysteriously went missing and later his pictures surfaced on social media where he was seen brandishing a rifle and it became know that he had joined militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. However, the youngster soon shunned militant ranks after a video of his mother Ayesha went viral on social media wherein she vehemently pleaded her son to return home.A few days later, on November 16, Majid quietly walked into an Army camp and gave up militancy. Footballer shunned militancy sent outside State. Police and the Army said they facilitated his return and assured that no charges will be pressed against him since he had “shunned the path of violence”. In a statement, the Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed they permitted Majid to leave “to honor his mother’s plea”.The Army had promised that it would provide Majid all opportunities to pursue his education and sporting talent. Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia had also written to the J&K Football Association, offered Majid a training stint at the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School in New Delhi.
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