Aneeka Shabir and Shareera Shameem, from a south Kashmir village, have made their homeland proud by securing first and second positions respectively in the 10th board examinations. The girls belong to Dadsar village of Tral area in South Kashmir, which is known to be a hotbed for militant activities.
Aneeka Shabir, who secured the first position, told Daily Excelsior, “My aim is to become a Professor. I am thankful to God, my parents and my teachers for this achievement.”
“Two to three hours serious daily study is enough to achieve good results. I started preparing for examination right from the beginning of the session and students should not wait for the examinations to start the preparations,” she added.
Aneeka’s father, Shabir Ahmad Rather, elated by his daughter’s performance told, “I want her to study with the same zeal, progress and achieve more.”On the other hand, Shareera Shameem wants to study medicine to become a doctor.“I am thankful to God who blessed me with success and parents and teachers. It was not possible without their contribution,” she told the newspaper.
Both the girls are the students of a little known Hajahad Public School. It is the first time that the school has bagged the top positions.
The Principal of the school, Imtiyaz Ahmad, also praised the duo for their outstanding performances in the exams.
“It is a dream come true for us. I had full confidence that these two girls will achieve top positions. The way they performed in the class tests, we expected them to get 500 marks out of 500,″ he told the newspaper.
This year, around 50,535 students appeared for the examination out of which 26,900 were boys and 23,600 were girls. In the results declared by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE), the top three spots have been bagged by girls.
India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.
“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.
He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.
“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.
“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.
Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.
“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.
However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”