Worried, Afghan students unwilling to go back

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 17

Afghan students pursuing various courses in universities and institutions in Shimla and suburbs are apprehensive about the future of their country after the takeover by the Taliban.

Most of them are in touch with their families back home, who want them to stay put in India till the situation normalises.

Some students, who have completed their courses, are unwilling to go back and want their visa to be extended and are pinning hopes on the Government of India.

"We are worried about the future of our families as the Taliban has taken over the reins of power against the wishes of people. The financial crisis is looming large, economy has crashed and people are concerned about their jobs and safety and planning to leave the country," says Mishab, a fourth semester student of MA (Political science) in HP University.

"I am in touch with my family on the phone (parents, three brothers and three sisters in Jalalabad). Though, no incidence of inhuman treatment has been reported, nothing can be said about the future as the behaviour of Taliban members is unpredictable and they have no experience of running the country and our families want us not to return," he added.

There are 14 Afghan students pursuing courses in political science, journalism and mass communication, public administration and MBA in the HPU while the number of students in APG Shimla University is 19.

"The situation is not good at all. People are living in fear and women are at a higher risk as the Taliban may impose restrictions like wearing burqa on them," said Arib Ahmed, a student of APG Shimla University, whose family is in Kabul. "Embassies are closed, flights have been cancelled, utter chaos prevails and we are requesting the Indian Government to extend the visa," said Arib.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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