Poonch, Jammu: Mukhtar Ahmed is hoping for some normalcy in his life, now that he's back in his home village in Poonch in Jammu. Mukhtar is not just any villager of the area. A militant, training for 10 years in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (P0K), he decided to give up arms and returned to India last week, with his Pakistani wife and three kids hoping to lead a life sans violence and death.
The decision hasn't been without danger and risk. Crossing over 'illegally' to India from the Mendhar sector, he and his family had to dodge the Pakistani Army and border surveillance mechanisms of India and Pakistan. "All I want to do now is to lead a peaceful life and that desire pushed me to take the risk," he explains.
So after escaping from the Pakistani army, Mukhtar and his family were spotted by the Indian Army and arrested. They were then questioned and handed over to the Jammu Police. Only after Jammu police finished interrogating him was he then let off to meet his family.
Militant for 10 years in Pakistan, he returned to India to lead a normal life