MBA graduate joins Hizbul; Army ready to help if he shuns
BHADARWAH/JAMMU: A 29-year-old MBA graduate in Jammu and Kashmir has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen, prompting the Army to assure all possible help if he shuns the path of violence, a senior officer said.
The picture of Haroon Abbas Wani with an AK-47 rifle has gone viral on social media recently, indicating his joining the terror 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.