Chandigarh, Aug 12 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh hosted on the occasion of Eid 125 Kashmiri students who study in various universities in the state.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday hosted lunch for around 125 Kashmiri students on the occasion of Eid al-Adha at the state Bhavan here.
Amarinder Singh tweeted, ” Hosted students from Jammu & Kashmir for lunch to celebrate #EidAlAdha in Chandigarh today. I have assured all these students of their safety here. Punjab has always stood by our brothers & sisters, and our doors & hearts will always remain open for all.”
Since they could not visit their families in the Valley, the Chief Minister’s invitation for lunch came as a surprise to them.
Assuring them that he was confident things would improve in Kashmir soon, the Chief Minister greeted youngsters with best wishes for early normalcy. “We can’t replace your families, but I hope you consider us as your family too”, he said assuring students of safety and security in Punjab.
Amarinder also assured them of their safety and security in Punjab, and called Jammu and Kashmir his “second home”.
Reciprocating the Chief Minister’s sentiments, the students said they too considered Punjab their “second home” as they had always felt safe in the state, even after the ghastly Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel. “We have seen that Punjabis have a big heart,” said a student, Faiq Salem, while another thanked Amarinder for listening to them
The Chief Minister said it was his heartfelt desire to share the Eid festivities with them. Singh said he was confident that their families back home were safe and well, and they would be able to meet them soon.
Singh also gave sweets to students to celebrate the occasion.