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J&K Girl Losses US Scholarship

A 15-year-old Kashmiri girl's vision of being an Indian exchange student in the United States got disillusioned because she could not get her passport on time. Sufira Nazir, an urchin chosen for the esteemed Global Leadership Education and Foundation Scholarship for 2013, was to abscond for the US on August 5 and would have been among 40 students from India for the state department programme. However, Sufira, who cleared 22 papers for the programme, said she was starved of passport as one of her uncle is a surrendered militant, and that she has to pay for it. "I was delighted when I heard I had qualified. But to my utter dissatisfaction, the government traumatized my dreams by not approving my passport just because my uncle was an ex-militant," said a dejected Sufira. She said she had applied for passport in April this year, but "didn't obtain clearance from CID due to my uncle's affiliations with militant groups in the '90s." "I am not a terrorist; I want to go to America for studies," she said, asking, "My uncle lives a pleased life currently. Why are they creating such difficulty for?" Zahoor Ahmad Tak, patron of J&K Yateem Trust, said, "Her father, Nazir Ahmad, died of kidney failure when she was just three years' old. Sufira belongs to a poor family. It was a magnificent chance for her to become an encouragement for children who've lost their parents in the Valley." Chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted Monday that he would seem in to the subject. Sufira is in the 10th standard in an orphanage school Gulshan Banat at Gopalpora in Central Kashmir's Budgam district, which trains orphans across the valley. There are 120 girls are receiving free shelter and teaching there. A CID spokesperson said while Sufira's passport was primarily denied due to an unfavorable verification report, successive reports are clear and support her for the issue of the passport.

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