SRINAGAR: Following Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, marking a significant escalation in their long-running covert conflict, Kashmiri students studying in Iran expressed anxiety and fear on Sunday due to the ongoing situation.

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Israel's anti-missile system operating over Ashkelon
Israel’s anti-missile system operating over Ashkelon

Last night Iran has launched dozens of aerial drones and missiles at Israel, marking a widely anticipated reprisal attack. This has affected hundreds of Kashmiri students studying in Iran, with some unsure whether to stay or leave.

Earlier, the Indian government has advised its citizens not to travel to Iran or Israel due to escalating tensions in the region. The Ministry of External Affairs issued the advisory and requested Indians in Iran or Israel to register with Indian Embassies.

Meanwhile,  India in a frest statement said its seriously concerned at the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran that threatens the peace and security in the West Asia region. “We call for immediate de-escalation, exercise of restraint, stepping back from violence and return to the path of diplomacy,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Concerns were raised by Kashmiri students who had to sign documents acknowledging the risks of traveling amidst the tension.

A student at Imam Khomeini University in Qazvin expressed concern about the escalating tension, saying that there are reports of retaliation by Iran and the specter of war is looming.

“My roommate is packing up to leave for Lebanon, which is unsettling for other students too,” she added.

She admitted uncertainty about whether to stay or leave Iran and voiced worries about a potential full-scale war between regional rivals. ‘My family is deeply worried,’ she added. “My mother is constantly in tears, fearing for my safety,” she said.

Another student from North Kashmir, who recently traveled to Iran, echoed similar concerns.

Speaking anonymously, she revealed that they were initially prevented from boarding a flight to Tehran due to the Ministry of External Affairs’ advisory. Eventually, they were permitted to travel only after signing a disclaimer acknowledging the risks involved.

“We’re uncertain about what the future holds,” she expressed.

A worried parent from north Kashmir whose daughter is studying in Iran, drew parallels with Kashmiri students who had to leave their universities in Ukraine during the conflict two years ago.

He expressed apprehension about the potential consequences if the situation worsens, leading to airport closures.

Ahmad also expressed confidence in Iran’s ability to handle crises, citing past instances where the country demonstrated maturity and wisdom in such situations.

“It’s deeply concerning to have my son studying in Iran amidst escalating tensions. Every news update fills me with worry about his safety. I pray for peace and stability in the region,” another parent from Srinagar said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Students association said it is closely monitoring the situation.

“After the recent attacks, the two countries are on the brink of a major military escalation. Delhi has already advised Indian nationals not to travel to Iran and Israel until further notice,” said Ummar Jamal, National General Secretary of the J&K Students Association.

Every year, many students go to Iran for education. We will be writing to the Ministry of External Affairs to ensure the safety and security of Indian students,” stated Jamal.


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