On Saturday Arjuna Awardee and Padma Shri footballer, Bhaichung Bhutia offered a training stint to Kashmiri footballer-turned-terrorist Majid Khan, who had surrendered.
The former Indian captain has written to the Jammu and Kashmir Football Federation offering training to Majid at Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in New Delhi.
Bhutia, the sole Indian Player to have played over 100 International matches stated, “I was very sad to read reports of Majid joining a terrorist organisation. Football has provided solace to many over the years and I feel he requires a platform to play the Beautiful game again”.
I felt concerned reading this news and hence I have spoken to J&K Football Association President to Reach out to him and convey my offer that he can train with @BBFSchools in Delhi which will give him an opportunity at becoming a pro footballer. I hope #Majid accepts my offer. pic.twitter.com/ZGkjBPraRr
— Bhaichung Bhutia (@bhaichung15) November 18, 2017
To which Bhutia insisted that he wants Majid to get training under his coaches so that they could decide where the Kashmiri youth stands.
“I have already touched base with the Jammu & Kashmir Football Association offering him to train with Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi. I want him to train under my Coaches and then we can decide where he stands as a player. I believe he deserves an opportunity and hence, felt best to open the doors for him,” Bhutia added.
“I also read that he has been a promising Footballer since his childhood and has even won quite many trophies. Once you start kicking the ball again, you never know, your lives may just kick-off again. We want Majid to come back to normal life eat the earliest,” he said.
Majid, who had recently joined Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), surrendered before the First Rashtriya Rifles and is currently under the custody of Victor Force in Awantipora.
The Anantnag’s footballer reportedly surrendered after his parents’ appeal.
Even the top police officer of Jammu and Kashmir appealed Majid to surrender and once again join the mainstream.
On Thursday, Inspector General of Police – Kashmir range Munir Khan told, “A very serious counselling campaign is going on in Kashmir to discourage youth to join militancy and we will get positive results in near future. It is our sincere endeavour to ensure that these misguided youths come and join the mainstream.”