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Wagah closed, no air evacuation: Kashmiris stuck in Pakistan put out SOS

India-Pakistan flags: Representational picture

Srinagar: Scores of Kashmiris stranded in Pakistan have raised an alarm over not being evacuated by the government of India.

In multiple emails to The Kashmir Monitor, these people, especially students who are stuck in the country, said there were short of money and essentials while many claimed “getting depressed”.


One such email read: “Respected sir, we the students of Kashmir stuck here in Pakistan are running with lot of problems. We are mentally unstable and getting depressed day by day.”

“No one is here to help us, we have been left helpless and hopeless by both the countries,” the email added.

The students claimed they had contacted the Indian embassy “but they are neither taking our calls nor responding to our messages.”

“We had been told on May 19 to fill forms to be evacuated soon but that seems to be useless,” they added.

The students said since they were not being allowed to cross Wagah to reach Kashmir, they didn’t have a clue when or how would they be evacuated.

To mention, colleges in Pakistan have a special quota for students from Kashmir. Each year, number of students from the valley opt for colleges, especially for medical courses, in Pakistan. A few of them choose Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) as their destination for higher studies.

Earlier this week, students in J&K and Ladakh were advised by India not to take admissions in any technical or non-technical courses in PaK as the educational institutions established there are “not recognized” by India.

A public notice by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) cautioned students of J&K and Ladakh about “unapproved technical institutions” operating in Pakistan administered Kashmir.