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Youth turn up for Army recruitment drive in curfew-ridden Kashmir

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Thousands of enthusiastic youngsters turned up for a recruitment drive in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, despite the separatists asking youth in Jammu and Kashmir to not join the forces.

Candidates travelled hundreds of kilometers to Anantnag as 2,200 candidates participated in the recruitment rally, waiting in queues to present their documents. “We want to change the perception about the youth of Kashmir. If given an opportunity it would be an honor to serve this nation,” said Irshad Ahmad, who travelled 30 kilometers from Pulwama district to attend the recruitment rally in Anantnag.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the staff here which efficiently carried out the training programme. I appeal to the misguided youth in Jammu and Kashmir to throw away their guns and stones so that we can fulfill our dreams,” Shabir Ahmad, one of the candidates, told reporters.

The drive  began on Wednesday in South Kashmir, will continue till September 24, while the second phase will be held in north Kashmir from September 29 till October 2.

“Around 2,200 students registered through online and participated in this rally. Our aim here is to provide an opportunity to the youth of Kashmir,” Brigadier J. S. Samyal, Recruiting Officer, told reporters. (Indian Express)

Incidentally, south Kashmir has been the centre of all the unrest as most of the ‘pro-azadi’ protests have originated from this region. Since the encounter of Burhan Wani in July , the valley has seen strkes and curfews which is still inforce after spanning 75 days. Even though more than 6,000 youth from south Kashmir had applied for the different jobs using online registration system but only 400 could turn up at the High Grounds in Anantnag due to the ongoing unrest. But for the Army the response was “mindboggling”.

“The movement boys started gathering outside the camp, we realised we have won in our mission,” an Army officer said at the rally venue.

Even those who could turn up faced the wrath of demonstrators as their documents were torn apart and they had to escape their homes in the dead of the night to apply for the army.

“It was not easy to reach here but I had long waited for this day and come what may I would not have allowed this opportunity to go to waste,” said Tariq Qurashi said.

“I want to request the youths to leave stone-throwing and instead prove their talent,” said Zakir, a youth from Kokernag, in Anantnag district.