Mehbooba Mufti asks CMs to reach out to Kashmiri students, PM Narendra Modi backs appeal

They are like your own children, call them once in a while, says Mehbooba Mufti

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 24, 2017 8:15 am
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, and CM of Goa Manohar Parrikar during the 3rd meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog chaired by PM Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo/PIB)

In viewof the attacks on Kashmiris studying in colleges in various parts of the country, especially in Rajasthan and UP, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked chief ministers attending the Niti Aayog meeting in the capital Sunday to reach out to Kashmiri students in their states. Sources quoted Mehbooba as saying at the meeting that these students had left their state to find better educational prospects and a peaceful, conducive atmosphere to focus on studies.

“They shouldn’t be harassed and attacked. They are like your own children and are the ambassadors of your states back home…

Please try to reach out to them, enquire about them. You can also call them once in a while so that they don’t feel out of place,” sources quoted Mufti as saying.

According to a statement issued by Niti Aayog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “seconded the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister’s suggestion that states should take interest in the students from her state who are studying in other states”.

“He urged states to reach out to these students from time to time,” the statement said.

On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had instructed chief ministers to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students and sought an advisory to states over the issue.

Over the last week, two Kashmiri students were assaulted in Rajasthan’s Mewar, and a research scholar was threatened in BITS Pilani. Similarly, a hoarding had come up in Meerut asking Kashmiris to leave UP.

Earlier this month, the J&K government had to intervene in the case of a 20-year-old Kashmiri woman studying in Pune who was arrested for allegedly abusing and assaulting police. The woman claimed she and her friend were assaulted by the police personnel.

These incidents followed the recent unrest in the Valley triggered by the killing of eight protesters in Budgam during a bypoll earlier this month.

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  1. Sudheer Thaakur
    Apr 25, 2017 at 12:46 am
    yes we will welcome with open arms and hearts all kashmiri muslims who genuinely and unequivocally denounce and condemn what their fellow kashmiri muslims are doing to idea of india and our security forces. and w heartedly and with pride accept being indian first ahead of any other iden y.
    1. R
      Apr 24, 2017 at 10:59 am
      Let maha. take action on her Muslim stone pelters who are anti national. Let her not worry of Kashmiris who are enjoying life outside Kashmir. Which kashmiri CM including maha. till date, showed the same worry & pain on the Kashmiri Pandits who had to leave their homes..?
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        N S
        Apr 24, 2017 at 10:50 am
        Charity begins at Home. Almost all Indians who visited the Kashmir Valley were called Indian Dogs. When J&K CM will ensure that other Indians are treated well in her Home state. What is happening in parts of Kashmir is a Sunni led Islamic Jihad. All those who support them have to pay a price
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          Jyoti Sarup
          Apr 24, 2017 at 10:27 am
          Think of the students who have joined stone pelters in Srinagar. Stop them & then beg for future of the students in other states .. JS
          1. A.s. Malhotra
            Apr 24, 2017 at 10:05 am
            The suggestion posed by Mehbooba Must, CM of Jammu and Kashmir to the Chief Ministers of other States of India for taking care of Kashmiri youths studying in their states should be taken care adequately they they should not face and types of humiliation and harra ts is welcome and seconded by our Hon'ble PM Narendra Modi. Hopefully, this may be helpful to create as healing touch and love to Country. But on the other hand, great need is also felt to sensitize that these students or youths should not play any types politics and campaigning for anti-national and anti-patroitic activities to avoid creating of any types of chaos, demonstrations and other illegitimate activities. Jai Hind
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