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These kids dream about fighting terror
July 02, 2006 17:37 IST
They have dreams in their eyes -- dreams of joining army to fight militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, which has claimed lives of their near and dear ones.
"Our motto is to provide better life to the next generation of the militancy-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir therefore we are focusing towards better education, learning and living atmosphere for these children," said Col Jha.
"I want to be an army officer and serve the country. I want to fight against terrorism and eliminate terrorists so that other children do not lose their parents like me," she said with tears in her eyes.
Sisters Shehnaz Akhtar (10) and Kalsooma Akhtar (7) from Salbal village in Gul tehsil are studying in Government Girls School, Bagga while Bisharat Ahmed Akhtar is studying in Primary School, Indh. Their parents were brutally murdered by militants in 2004.
"Hum aur kisi bachche ko anath nahi hone denge. Isliye dahshatgardon ko khatam karna zaruri hai. (We don't want other children to get orphaned. Therefore, elimination of militants is essential)," said Shehnaz Akhtar.
"We are providing them good living atmosphere so that they could realise their careers of their dreams. All the wards have been admitted in well-reputed schools, including Convent schools," Ankur's warden, Zeenat Bhatt, said.
Col. Jha said, "The duty of the Army is to develop infrastructure. But here we have been running Ankur because the welfare department of Jammu and Kashmir has expressed its inability to run the hostel."
"We are looking for a reputed NGO which could run the hostel smoothly and some NGOs have approached us also but we will take any decision after full scrutinizing," he added.