India's University Grants Commission has recommended Indians citizens against travelling to Pakistan for the purpose of seeking higher education, according to a public notice issued on Friday.

The notice said that any Indian national or overseas Indian citizen who intended to take admission in any Pakistani educational institute or degree programme would not be eligible for employment or higher education in India.

However, it added that migrants and their children who had received higher education in Pakistan would be eligible for seeking Indian employment, provided they were granted citizenship and obtained security clearance.

Deterioration in bilateral relations

The current deadlock in Pak-India relations can be traced back to 2019 when on Feb 26, Indian jets trespassed into Pakistani territory and dropped their payload in Balakot, bringing two nuclear-armed nations to the brink of war.

Pakistan's response the next day had led to the downing of two Indian jets and the capture of an Indian air force pilot whose fighter plane fell inside Pakistani territory after being struck.

The perpetually tense relations between the two countries suffered a further blow after India illegally annexed occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019. Pakistan had subsequently suspended trade ties with India until May 2020 when restrictions for the import of medicines and related materials were relaxed.

On Sunday, newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had penned a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling on him to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the "interest of mutual peace and prosperity" for India and Pakistan.

PM Shehbaz had called on Modi to collectively secure peace and work for the "progress and prosperity of our people".

Opinion

Editorial

No pardon for rape
Updated 07 Feb, 2023

No pardon for rape

Cultural filters and biases can often lead to faulty applications of the law.
Health insurance
07 Feb, 2023

Health insurance

THE planning ministry is reported to have raised objections to Punjab’s flagship universal health coverage...
The people’s demands
07 Feb, 2023

The people’s demands

AS the people of KP are literally on the frontline of the battle against terrorism and violent extremism, they are...
The Musharraf enigma
Updated 06 Feb, 2023

The Musharraf enigma

The Musharraf era holds numerous lessons for Pakistan’s ruling elite, civilian and military.
Staying neutral
06 Feb, 2023

Staying neutral

THE Election Commission of Pakistan has what is perhaps one of the most thankless jobs in the country. The countless...
Wikipedia ban
06 Feb, 2023

Wikipedia ban

THE country was back in a familiar, dark place last week when the PTA blocked Wikipedia over the charge that it...