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Scholar joins militant ranks, father says won’t call him back    

Scholar joins militant ranks, father says won’t call him back    
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Pulwama: There seems no let up in youth joining militancy in southern districts as one more photograph of a youth brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle went viral on the social networking sites.

The gun wielding photograph of a youth identified as Tawseef Ahmad Thoker, son of Ghulam Mohiudeen Thoker, a resident of Charsoo village of Awantipora area in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district has been circulating on social media.

Thoker had gone missing since May 14 and he seems to have joined the militant ranks, a police official said.

As per the photograph, Tawseef has joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, militant outfit on 14 May.

Tawseef as per the photograph has been given code name ‘Abu Talha’. He is a postgraduate in mathematics besides having B.Ed degree as well.

The father of missing youth Ghulam Mohiudeen told ‘Kashmir Vision’ that his son left on 14 May around 5:30 pm to visit a relative in Panzgam village and said he will spend night there but he didn’t return the next day.

“Next day we tried to establish contact with him via his phone but his phone was switched off,” Thoker’s father said, adding that he contacted his relatives in Panzgam to know the whereabouts of their son but they informed them that Tawseef didn’t visit them and have no information about him.

He said that they later filed a missing report in Police Station Awantipora.

After Tawseef’s gun wielding photograph went viral, the father said that “I can’t comment over his joining as my son is quiete mature.”

“My son is mature and well qualified. Joining militant ranks was his own decision. Neither I asked him to join any group nor will I tell him to return back,” he said.

Tawseef has left behind three brothers, elder one Jan Mohammad is living separately from the last 8 years, while he alongwith his two younger brothers was putting up with his parents.

Pertinently, his father who retired as headmaster of high school Padgampora was booked under PSA for about three months for participating in pro-freedom rallies during 2016 agitation.

In recent years, many cases of youth with bright careers with some of them having professional degrees, joining militancy have come to the forefront.

Dr Manan Wani from Tekkipora Lolab, Dr Subzar from Sangam Anantnag, Riyaz Naikoo from Beighpora Awantipora, Adnan Ahmad from Dogripora Pulwama, Zubair Ahmed from Dehruna Anantnag, Hilal Ahmed from Manchew Kulgam, Aabid Chopan from Padderpora Shopian etc are few educated youth who joined the militant ranks and are active at present.

Besides, several educated youth including Dr Rafi from Sunduna Ganderbal, Aetimad Malik from Amshipora Shopian, Irfan Ahmad and Ashiq Hussian Dar from Maldera Shopian, Basit Rasool from Marhama Bijbehara, Rayees Ahmed and Majid Hussian from Kakapora Pulwama are few educated youth who were killed during encounters in last few months in South Kashmir.

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