Srinagar: Martyr Aurangzeb’s father is likely to join the BJP, sources said. Mohd Hanif will join the BJP during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jammu rally on February 3.
Reports say many BJP leaders have already met him in this regard. Hanif has also served in the Army.

Earlier, Hanif had spoken up when former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was criticised for attending Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Sidhu saab met Pakistan Army Chief, I think he (Pak Army Chief) should also meet us. I’d like to say to Imran Khan that if they take a step forward towards us, we’ll take 100 steps towards them.”

He also called for a dialogue between the two countries and said that was the only way out of the festering issues. “I request PM Modi to meet Imran Khan. There should be such an understanding between the two countries that no person is killed and both the countries should develop,” he said.

Rifleman Aurangzeb was killed by terrorists in Pulwama in June last year when he was on his way home for Eid, was posthumously conferred Shaurya Chakra on Independence Day.

Aurangzeb, who belonged to the 44 Rashtriya Rifles, was on way back home on June 14 to celebrate Eid when terrorists abducted him. Hours later, his bullet-riddled body was found at Gussu village, about 10 km from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. His killing triggered widespread outrage in Kashmir.

A couple of months after his killing, as many as 50 youths had left their jobs in the Gulf to return to Salani village in Mendhar. The youths decided to join the Army or the police.

After his death, Aurangzeb’s family had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Army and the state government to eliminate militancy from the state and avenge his death. Fifty villagers heard the appeal and left their jobs in Saudi Arabia to join the police or the Army to avenge Aurangzeb’s death, a portal had reported.