J&K students happy they can call home

Aijaz Wagay calls his parents, while other students from Jammu and Kashmir look on at Markaz Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode on Monday.

Aijaz Wagay calls his parents, while other students from Jammu and Kashmir look on at Markaz Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Koyabaz

More than 100 of them get to talk to their loved ones after 72 days

Aijaz Wagay was counting seconds until the clock ticked noon on Monday. He did not waste time dialling his family in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir as soon as he got a phone at hand.

Aijaz’s joy knew no bounds as his father Muhammed Shaban came on line, for it had been more than a month since he connected with his family owing to restrictions put in place by the Central government in connection with the repeal of Article 370 of the Constitution, taking away the special privileges of the State.

Monday noon

Telephone lines to Kashmir were restored by Monday noon. Aijaz’s parents were relieved to have spoken to their son, who is more than 4,000 km away, while the son in turn was happy to know that his family was safe. Aijaz is one of the more than 100 students from Jammu and Kashmir, studying at Markaz Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode. Like him, every one of them was eager to talk to their families after 72 days.

One of the teachers at the school lent them a phone, and the students took turns to contact their beloved ones back home.

Owais Hameed from Shopian district was the first to get the phone, but he could not reach his father. Farooq Wani from Kupwara, Muzammil and Mudassir from Kulgam, Muzammil from Pulwama, Faisal from Kupwara, Saqib and Marifath Farooq from Baramullah and Furkhan from Anant Nag also tried their luck but in vain.

The boys were disappointed but are hopeful to connect with their families soon. None of them was able to talk to their parents during Id Ul Azha either. And, they were consoled by their friends at school.

The first batch of students from Jammu and Kashmir arrived at Markaz in 2004 on an agreement between then Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammed Syed and Markaz Chancellor Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musaliyar. Since then, the numbers have gone high every year.

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