While hundreds of Kashmiri youth continue to throw stones at security force personnel at the behest of Separatists, a young man from the Valley, Nabeel Ahmed Wani, topped the BSF assistant commandant exam.
Wani, who hails from a lower middle class family from Udhampur, topped his engineering course at I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University before taking the BSF exams.
He told reporters that it was his desire to serve the country by joining either the Indian Army or any of the paramilitary forces. He had previously tried to crack the exams in 2013 but could not qualify.
Wani’s father, a schoolteacher, passed away in 2014 forcing him to take a break from his preparations and care for his family, which includes a sister.
“At present, I am working as a junior engineer with the water share department of the state government in Udhampur,” he said.
“While working as a junior engineer, I never thought that I have to work close to my home, and always wanted to work for the country and join either the army or the BSF. I used college books and internet for self-study for the preparation of the exams,” added Wani.
He pointed out that the youth of Kashmir are capable and can achieve greater things if given the right opportunity. So he suggests that the government should engage more with the people of the state and highlight its schemes such as ‘Beti bachao and Beti Padhao’.
Wani said that the biggest problem of the state is Pakistan-sponsored terrorism which will not leave even a Kashmiri security force person because all terrorists are simply anti-India.
Addressing the youth of his state, Wani said, “I will urge you to take the right path; do something for your country and your motherland so that your country and motherland are recognized all over world.”
He said that his aim is to serve the BSF well and qualify for the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He had earlier posted a poignant message on Facebook addressing his late father.
An unrest in ongoing in Kashmir following the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.