December 2004 News

JKSLF wants PoK students be permitted to study in J&K

2 December 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Islamabad: The student wing of Amanullah Khan-led JKLF has said that students from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) should be permitted to travel to Srinagar for higher studies as the educational facilities are better in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu Kashmir Student Liberation Front (JKSLF) secretary, Sardar Mehfooz, said the quality education was lacking in PoK. PoK does not even have medical or engineering colleges, nor facilities for higher education and PhDs, he said in a statement. Mehfooz said the Srinagar University was better equipped in terms of facilities for higher education and students from PoK should be permitted to study there. Similarly if students in Jammu and Kashmir wanted to study in Pakistan, they should be allowed to travel, he said. He said his organisation had tried to impress upon the Indian journalists, who recently visited PoK under the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), about the lack of educational facilities in PoK. The efforts by JKSLF to show the journalists facilities in the local university were thwarted by the local officials, he claimed. While opposing LoC as the solution to the Kashmir issue, he said his organisation favoured resumption of bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, but without passport and visas.


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