Srinagar, 09 June (KNS): Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hasnain Masoodi on Tuesday said that 32,000 Indians stranded in Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have reportedly returned through land border immigration checkpoints, yet 300 students and J&K residents stranded in Pakistan have been endlessly waiting for their evacuation delayed without any reason.
Drawing the attention of the government towards the plight of stranded, Masoodi has stated that the number of evacuated Indian citizen from neighboring countries is in addition to those stranded in Sri Lanka and Maldives and evacuated through sea routes in addition to those stranded in Srilanka and Maldives and evacuated through sea routes. “While almost all the Pakistani citizens stranded in India have been evacuated through Attari-Wagah Border checkpoint and the fifth such batch of 185 stranded Pakistani nationals has been evacuated on 27th of May, the 300 students from Jammu and Kashmir stranded in Pakistan are being pushed to an agonizing and painful situation due to inexplicable delay in their return.”
According to statement issued to KNS, Masoodi urged the Central Government and J&K Administration to take immediate steps for the return of students and other J&K residents stranded in Pakistan. He has also taken an exception to the delay in announcing direct flight from Osh (Kyrgyzstan) to Srinagar under Vandhe Bharat Mission, emphasizing that Bishkek-Delhi-Srinagar flight scheduled on 26th of June is not going to bring any respite to around 150 students stranded at Osh, Jalalabad, and surrounding areas, as the distance between Osh and Bishkek is about 700kms and in absence of any road traffic between the two cities it would be difficult for the students stranded at Osh to travel all the way to Bishkek to board the flight.
Masoodi also sought intervention of Dr. S. Jaishankar External Affairs Minister and also taken up the matter with Secretary MHA, Civil Aviation Ministry, CMD Air India and Indian Consulate in Kyrgyzstan and sought their cooperation so that the stranded students awaiting evacuation from last 3 months join their families without any further delay.
Masoodi also spoke to the union Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who assured him of considering direct flights from Osh to Srinagar.(KNS)