Amid Tensions, Anxiety Plagues Kashmiri Students in Iran

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In the wake of last night’s retaliatory drone and missile strikes by Iran against Israel, hundreds of Kashmiri students studying in Iran find themselves in a state of uncertainty. With tensions escalating, some are grappling with the difficult decision of whether to remain in the country or return home.

Amid Escalating Tensions deeply worried, Kashmiri Students in Iran Face Uncertainty

The Indian government recently issued an advisory urging its citizens to avoid travel to Iran and Israel due to the escalating hostilities in the region. The Ministry of External Affairs emphasized the need for Indian nationals in these countries to register with Indian Embassies for their safety.

In response to the mounting crisis, India expressed serious concern about the escalating conflict between Israel and Iran. The Foreign Ministry called for immediate de-escalation, restraint, and a return to diplomatic channels.

Kashmiri students studying in Iran find themselves caught in the crossfire. Reports of retaliation by Iran have heightened anxiety among students. At Imam Khomeini University in Qazvin, one student’s roommate is already packing up to leave for Lebanon, leaving others unsettled. The specter of war looms large, and families back home are deeply worried. A student who recently traveled to Iran faced initial flight restrictions due to the advisory, eventually being allowed to travel only after signing a risk acknowledgment.

Parents from North Kashmir share their concerns. Drawing parallels with the situation in Ukraine two years ago, they worry about potential airport closures if tensions worsen. Despite the uncertainty, some express confidence in Iran’s ability to handle crises maturely.

The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association closely monitors developments. With both countries teetering on the brink of major military escalation, they plan to write to the Ministry of External Affairs to ensure the safety and security of Indian students in Iran

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