New Delhi: With Jammu and Kashmir witnessing violent unrest following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani, Burhan’s father made a startling revelation in an interview which hinted that the young commander was not always an indoctrinated youth rebelling against the Indian government.

In an interview to Times of India, Burhan Wani’s father, Muzaffar Wani, talks about how Burhan Wani was like when he was a little child and how it all changed in 2010.

“On October 5, 2010, Burhan left home. He told his mother he was going to meet some friends but didn’t return that evening. Then we came to know that he had joined the militants. For two months before this encounter, I tried my best to convince him. His year of birth was 1994. I told him that he was born during the peak of instability and that it was obvious that he felt the pain. When he was 10, he told an Indian Army officer that he wanted to join the Army. He said this when a raid was being conducted to search militants in our village. Burhan had a strong liking for camouflage outfits,” Muzaffar Wani said as he recoiled under the accepted notion that Pakistan was behind the Uri attack.

Adding that Burhan was deeply passionate about cricket, Muzaffar Wani said, “Burhan had a strong liking for camouflage outfits. One of his videos shows he loved cricket. He would have loved to play for India, not Pakistan.”

Burhan Muzaffar Wani, also known as Burhan Wani, was a commander of the Azad Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen who was killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces on 8 July 2016.