Saleem Qadri

JK News Today

Srinagar, December 24

The complexion of militancy  in Kashmir  has undergone a dramatic shift . It, no longer, is the story of the illiterate or jobless or  poor youth who  took to guns for money,   girls or respect in society . They are educated and from well off families .Their parents  have firmed up their mind to see their sons  dying and getting buried  to graves.

This new phenomenon has emerged partly  because of the global influence  where in the Islamists are blowing themselves up  or fighting with a flag of Islam  and back home with the rise of  pro-militancy sentiment  as if the  dying for the cause of “ liberation and Islam” was the ultimate goal of their lives.

JK News Today spoke to some of the parents whose sons have  joined militancy and few of whom have died while fighting security forces. “ No regrets”, said the parents of these militants  as they seem to have taken this outcome in their stride.

It gels with Muzzfffar Wani ‘s observation that had his son Burhan Wani  joined militancy, he would have died otherwise  too, meaning thereby that the death is inevitable.

“We have no regrets,” said Abdul Rehman Dar father of Rayees Ahmad Dar, who joined militancy after eruption of current unrest.

Before joining militancy, Rayees 24 completed B.Tech in Civil Engineering and was meritorious student during school and college days. He was working as ITI Trainer at Rafiabad Baramulla PolytechnicCollege from 2013.

Talib Afzal Shah, the 27-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who was killed in a brief encounter with security forces in his native village in August 2015, was an intelligent student and had aimed to become a “sports teacher,” his family members said.

Talib, according to his family, had done two degrees – masters’ programme in physical education from Chennai in 2011 and a masters’ degree in history from IGNOU.

Shamsdin Shah father of Talib told that he joined militancy because “He had to miss his examination as he had to appear in court the same day in connection to hearing of PSA case slapped on him.” After that he never returned home and joined militancy.

Police, however, claim that Talib was involved in a number of “Militant activities” after he joined Lashkar cadres and before that he was involved in various “stone pelting cases.”

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