Tale of two friends: Ace Footballer Majid follows a militant friend, Yawar

Tasavur Mushtaq


August 3, 2017, joint team of government forces launched Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Herpora Kanelwan in Dochnipora belt of Bijbehara, district Islamabad. There was a tip-off about the presence of three militants in the area. When the forces locked in one of the houses, the militants retaliated with fire.

What happened later was, two militants managed to flee and the third one fighting his injuries could not. Though he scaled a wall only to land in the washroom located in the compound of the house. He locked himself from inside. The forces after him reached to the place and bullets rained all over the door.

Inside was left, frozen, blood drenched body of a 22-year-old Yawar Nisar. A militant for a fortnight.

File image of Yawar

Yawar, as per his family left home for the last time on July 18 and the reason they say was the “harassment” for taking part in protests. He became the first militant from main town of Islamabad after the new age militancy gripped the valley. Yawar survived for 16 days.

When his bullet-riddled body reached his home in Sherpora, there was a mayhem. The emotions ran high as people tried to have last glimpse of the “martyr”.

Among the mourners, a boy, blonde and tall, Majid Khan was seen crying, bitterly. Not leaving anything behind, he was seen hugging, kissing and embracing the body of his childhood buddy, Yawar.

An image of Majid Khan (Courtesy fb)

Majid and Yawar were friends spending their most of the time together.

As Yawar was taken for final journey, Majid shouldered the coffin. Crying continuously.

The body was buried and the routine was resumed.

Majid too resumed his work in an NGO but the life was not same.

“Yawar’s killing changed Majid forever,” says his relative.

Three months later, an ace footballer few days ago was seen on social networking sites with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Majid is new entrant in the ranks of rebels, leaving everybody who knows him in utter shock. The part of which is visible on social networking sites.

A resident of Sadiqabad of Islamabad’s main town, Majid is the only son of his parents and the reports rare he has joined the ranks of Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Majid along with his team mates in field (courtesy fb)

A preferred goalkeeper, Majid is known among his friends as “good athlete.” “He was in love with sports,” said one of his friend. Besides football, he was also part of Hayaat cricket club.

A student of B.Com second year, he was also working as a volunteer.

His friends say his facebook was enough to see a different person in him. “His posts revealed the change. But we did not expect change to this extent,” said his another friend. “Though he used to take part in protests,” he added.

Facebook posts of Majid were mainly related to his slain friend, sharing his pictures and paying tributes.

A day after killing of Yawar, Majid posted on facebook “Do not think that those killed in the way of Allah are dead. Rather they are alive and receiving sustenance before their Lord.”

File image of Majid

Not able to come of the sense of loss, Majid continued to share about his friend and the links of various reports.

“Shahadat Hai Matloob-o-Maqsood-e-Momin, Na Maal-e-Ghanimat Na Kishwar Kushayi (In their passion, in their zeal, In their love for Thee, O Lord, They aim at martyrdom, Not the rule of the earth), reads his another post.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.#VictoryComingSoon.”

“Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems,” he writes while sharing his picture.

In his September 28 post, Majid writes “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.#VictoryComingSoon.”

Having fresh memories of his friend, Majid on Octover 23 posted a picture which read “Tu aaj phir yaad araha hai, Na jaanay kyun yaad araha hai.”

“Jihad is my mission, shahadat is my dream…Missing you Abu Talha.”

As Majid is on run now, his family is in shattered asking him to come back. His one among last post on facebook reads “Jab Shoq-e-shahadat hou dil mei, tou suuli say gabrana kya” and his introduction on facebook is “Jihad is my mission, shahadat is my dream…Missing you Abu Talha.”

In a desperate message from his friend  Qazi Shibli, “Whom would the Foreign authors meet now? Who would translate the ground Sentiments into best words? Who?




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