City Kashmiri students pay tribute to martyrs

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

“Kashmiri youths should concentrate on their studies and career and should not indulge in anti-national activities like stone pelting. Only 10 per cent of the Valley is affected by terrorist activity but the rest of the Valley is peaceful,” said Owais.

Pune: Kashmiri students from NGO Sarhad paid tribute to Pulwama’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) martyrs on Monday. These students, living in Pune, rued that Pakistan have succeeded in creating a rift as well as bitterness between citizens of Kashmir and other Indians.

The students said that the 20-year-old suicide bomber, Adil Dar of Jaish-e-Mohammad, who crashed an explosives-laden SUV on the CRPF convoy on February 14, was ‘misguided’. 

Sanjay Nahar, President of Sarhad, said, “The condemnation is not merely by words but in action as well. These students feel that it is wrong to blame whole of J&K for a few hundred misguided people.”

One of the students associated with Sarhad, Mukhtar, said, “The misguided youth attacking CRPF convoy has shown rest of Kashmiri young men in bad light. I appeal to the people of the country not to ill treat or attack Kashmiri youths for the wrong-doing of one.” 

Javed Wani, a student staying in Pune for last 15 years, said, “We want to have a bright future and with such turmoil in the State, we have only option of finding peace in other parts of our country.” 

Javed said, “The Indian Army is doing its best to protect the borders and also help the locals during natural calamities, but there are incidents wherein youths have been wrongly picked and thrashed for no reason. Such youth easily are targeted by terrorists and then they are misguided.” 
Owais Wani, another student studying in a city college, said that students in Kashmir Valley should not try to become a politician or arbitrator. 

“Kashmiri youths should concentrate on their studies and career and should not indulge in anti-national activities like stone pelting. Only 10 per cent of the Valley is affected by terrorist activity but the rest of the Valley is peaceful,” said Owais.

Nahar said that there are 400 families in Pune who have migrated here, due to the unrest and uncertainty of peace prevailing in some parts of the Kashmir Valley.

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