Kashmiri students: Mufti meets PM
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to intervene in theserious situation caused by the expulsion of Kashmiri students in a university in Uttar Pradesh and by booking them on charges of sedition.
Mufti asked Singh to intervene into the matter and have the cases revoked against the Kashmiri students, who were expelled from the university on flimsy charges of cheering for Pakistan cricket team during match between India and Pakistan match in the ongoing Asia Cup series.
Mufti briefed the Prime Minister that this arbitrary and unjustifiable action could make every Kashmiri especially student community suspect across the country.
"The entire Kashmiri student community can become vulnerable and their sense of insecurity will increase. Cheering for any sports team is normal expression of sportsman sprit and it should not be criminalized," said Mufti.
The PDP patron said while efforts should have been made to reduce the level of alienation in Kashmir, such incidents can only add further fuel to the fire.
Reports said that Singh assured Mufti that he would intervene effectively and speak to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhlesh Yadav on the subject and ask him to sort out the matter so that students do not suffer in any manner and their career is safeguarded.
(Posted on 06-03-2014)