November 2017 News

More Families Appeal To Sons To Return

21 November 2017
Kashmir Reader
Mohammad Suhail

Srinagar: Encouraged by the return of Anantnag footballer Majid Khan and another Kulgam youth after appeals from their families to shun militancy and come back home, at least four families in different areas of south Kashmir have appealed to their sons to return home. Police have also been playing their part, saying that youths who return home 'will be treated with love and respect'. On Tuesday, two families in Pulwama, one in Shopian and another in Kulgam made public appeals to their sons to shun militancy and return home. Videos of the appeals made by the four families went viral on social media during the day. The video of 45-year-old Fatima, wife of Ghulam Hassan Rather, from Shareefabad Tral has been widely shared on social media. Fatima is seen pleading with folded hands, as she pleads to her son Irfan Hassan Rather to come back home. 'Please come back home, my dear. For the sake of my motherhood and my love for you, please return home,' Fatima says in the 48-second video. In yet another video, which is in possession of Kashmir Reader, the family of Aqib Iqbal Malik from Ringath village in Kulgam can be seen wailing and making fervent appeals for their son's return. Aqib's mother Rafeeqa, according to the family, suffered a heart attack soon after Aqib left home in October. A bed-ridden Rafeeqa can be seen wailing in the video, as she asks her son to come back. 'I won't be able to live without him. We do not have anyone else than him,' Rafeeqa says in the video. Her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, begs for his son's return as well. 'Please, for the sake of his mother, whoever my son is with, ask him to return home. I beg you,' Iqbal says. A similar appeal by Ashiq Hussain Bhat's mother and wife in Shopian have been recorded and put on social media. Some news channels also ran the videos. 'We cannot live without him. We will consume poison and die if he does not return,' the family members say before camera. The family of Manzoor Ahmad Baba, from Drabgam village in Pulwama district, had similar things to say to their son. Local police officials have maintained that they have been monitoring the situation closely and will facilitate whatever is needed if the youths want to come back home. Talking to Kashmir Reader, Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid expressed happiness over the developments. 'I am happy that the parents are speaking up. Their children have a responsibility to listen to their parents and return home,' Vaid said.