New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The government was cautioned by the security agencies against Islamabad’s plan to offer scholarships to 1,600 students from Kashmir valley in several professional courses, mainly in the Universities in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Now, the new revelations have come to the fore surrounding the whole Modus operandi of recommendation and admission processes when it comes to procuring such scholarships.

According to a media report, security officials have said that scholarship was part of a larger plan by Pakistani deep state to radicalise the Kashmiri youth implying towards the stimulation of a new-age atmosphere of separatism in the valley, which could be tapped at a later date.

“There have also been some instances where young Kashmiris crossed the border via Wagah-Attari border post to study and returned through the Line of Control, as terrorists,” a senior Jammu Kashmir Police officer was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

India’s terror-exporting neighbour had announced the 1600 scholarships for Kashmiri students in its National Assembly in the month of January this year. Official estimates suggest that around 150 Kashmiris are enrolled in medical and engineering courses in Pakistan and occupied territories. Most of these students were called back by the authorities in tandem with their parents amid the Coronavirus pandemic, earlier in March.

How one procures a scholarship from Pakistan?

According to the report, applicants mostly need a recommendation from separatist groups such as the Hurriyat Conference or terror group Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin-led United Jihad Council based in PoK’s Muzaffarabad.

A document recovered by NIA from separatist leader Nayeem Khan’s house revealed how separatists recommend Kashmiri students for scholarship in Kashmir on the pretext of exceptional accounts of separatist activity.

One document recommended a girl to a “standard medical college”, because “her family has remained committed to the freedom struggle through thick and thin”.

The NIA said that such residents of Kashmir who went to Pakistan on a student visa “were either relatives of ex-militants or relatives of families of active militants who had indulged in various anti-national activities and had migrated to Pakistan or they were known to Hurriyat leaders”.

Academically, such students suffer the most because most of these degrees from Pakistani Universities are not professionally recognised in India.

Posted By: Talib Khan