Wednesday, June 05, 2019

With airspace ban, Id turns bleak for J&K students

Sri Nagar: As many as 250 students from Kashmir studying in Central Asian countries will be unable to join their families for Id as a result of Pakistan’s decision to bar its airspace for India-bound flights.

The ban was imposed after India’s air strikes following the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in February. Pakistan recently extended the ban till June 15.

Aamir Janwari, a second year medical student at a university in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, told The Hindu over the phone that he and 28 other students had been trying to get tickets since March.

“The airlines keep cancelling flights. We feel stranded here,” Mr. Janwari said.

“I visited my home in Kashmir’s Sopore way back in August last year. We so wanted to be with our families on Id. I hope the Pakistani government will withdraw the ban order soon,” he said.

Ifshan Ashraf Trumboo, also a medical student from Kreeri in Baramulla, echoes Mr. Janwari’s travails.

“Ticket prices have gone up four-fold and become unaffordable for students trying to get home,” Mr. Trumboo said.
05/06/19 Peerzada Ashiq/The Hindu
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