Kashmiri Youths Turn Away From The Gun
2 October 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: For every Kashmiri youth who picks up the gun for azadi, there are those who want to follow the path to success and wealth in India. Reports from Tral in Pulwama district suggests that the Jaish-e- Mohammad militants lure the local youth to join militancy and are even imparted arms training in the dense forests here. Confirming the reports, Deputy Inspector General BSF in Tral said there were about 40 militants in the region and the youth of the area were lured to join the militant ranks, DIG said. Muzamil Ibrahim, a 19-year-old hailing from Reasi in Jammu, who emerged as the winner of the Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt contest, 2003 which was held at Mumbai this year wants to pursue better education and chase their goals for better life. A student of Kashmir University, Nazir Ahmad left classes for one month for the workshop conducted by the National School of Drama which he feels will be the ticket to the world that he yearns for. Muzamil Ibrahim, is now preparing to represent India at the International Gladrags contest to be held in Beijing this November. 'Muzamil was moved by the mindless violence here and he wants to leave the state,' says his motherMumtaz Jehan Muzamil Ibrahim, youngest in his family succeeded at his first shot at modeling in April this year and won the coveted best male pageant in India. Unlike them, Nadeem Khatib of Rawalpora was lured to join the militants and he quit as flying instructor in Aeronautics school in the US. The story turned tragic when he was killed fighting Indian troops. His father says Nadeem choose militancy possibly because he could not get a job in India when he returned from the US.