Srinagar: Abid Khan, one of the two militants killed in gunfight with army in Tral town on Tuesday, had refused surrender offer by his father, a head constable in the state police.
“Abid refused to surrender despite my repeated requests when our house was cornered by the army. Instead, he came out charging from the house amidst the chants of Allah-o-Akbar and fired at the forces,” said his father Jalal-ud-Din
“I am grateful to Allah that he attained martyrdom at his home. His martyrdom did not cause harm to anyone,” he told Kashmir Reader on Wednesday.
He said his son was a devout Muslim and an avid sports lover who had won the first prize in a skiing championship held in Gulmarg in 2012.
Abid, 22, left his home on the evening of September 14, 2012 to join what he believed the path of Allah, the family said.
Two months later, Abid sent a letter to his family saying that he had joined “jihad” and wanted to die a “martyr”. Abid also said that he had no lust for money and wanted to “fight against oppression and for the freedom of Kashmir,” the family said.
“Every word Abid wrote in the letter was supported with the verses from the holy Qur’an. He had spoken his heart out,” his younger brother Owais, who was released on the evening of January 26 after a four-day detention, said.
Owais said that repeated attempts by the family to persuade Abid to shun militancy proved futile. “My brother was a boy of principles. He would never tolerate injustice. He also participated in all pro-freedom demonstrations since 2008,” said Owais. “Abid didn’t want his martyrdom should bring destruction of life of property to anyone. And Allah listened to his prayers. He died at his home.”
Abid’s father Jalal-ud-Din said that he had no regrets that his son died in a way which was destined by Allah. He said his son’s martyrdom has made him proud.
“Allah destines death for everyone even before their birth. And my son’s martyrdom was decided even before he was born,” he said. He said Abid, a district commander of the Hizb, had come to see his sick brother, who was released after days of detention on Monday.
Abid did his schooling from government high school Pastuna. He passed Class 12 from higher secondary school Lurgam before enrolling for a Bachelor of Arts course at the government degree college Tral. He left his studies mid way to join the Hizbul Mujahedeen.
Abid was a brilliant student and a sports lover. He had won several trophies as an NCC cadet. In January 2012, he won the first prize in a skiing championship at Gulmarg. He had also done a diploma in computers.
“Apart from sports activities, my son was also a devoted Muslim. He would never miss prayers. And he would recite the Qur’an regularly,” said his father.