Doda MBA graduate joins Hizb; Army ‘ready to help if he shuns violence’

Doda MBA graduate joins Hizb; Army ‘ready to help if he shuns violence’
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Bhadarwah/Jammu: A 29-year-old MBA graduate in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit, prompting the Army to assure all possible help if he shuns the path of violence, a senior officer said on Tuesday.

The picture of Haroon Abbas Wani with an AK-47 rifle has gone viral on social media recently, indicating his joining the militant group on Saturday. Wani is a resident of Ghat area of Doda district and a master of business administration degree holder from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.

His family has made a passionate appeal for his return. “The biggest jihad is to serve elderly parents. There is no need for jihad as we are happy,” his aunt said in a video message, adding that his decision had left them ashamed. “Your mother and father has fallen sick and they need you very badly. Please return.”

His uncle, Farooq Ahmad Wani, said he was very good at studies and gave no inkling of his joining the militant group ever. He was working in a private company in Jammu and “we are unable to understand who lured him into this path”.

Commenting on the issue, Maj. Gen. Rajiv Nanda, general officer commanding (GOC), Delta Force, said, “Yesterday, we came to know about Wani joining a terror group… I hope good sense will prevail upon him and he will return to mainstream.

“If he returns, we are there to help him. We can guide him but it’s he, who has to choose path for him.”

Nanda said Wani was not at his native village, but at Jammu since the last two-three years and it could not be immediately known who motivated and misguided him to join militant ranks.

“The youth belongs to an educated family and has put them to a lot of trouble (by his decision). I was moved to see the video of his ailing mother and other family members on social media, who are begging him to return back as his brother’s marriage is scheduled on the 9th of this month,” the army officer said.

Wani is the second youth joining militant ranks from Doda over the past three months. In July, 25-year-old Abid Hussain Bhat had joined the Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit and got killed along with another militant in an encounter with government forces in Anantnag district later that month. PTI