“We would like to offer scholarships for these expelled students wherever in the world they want to study; Pakistani nation is proud of them,” Saeed said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Sensing the opportunity to spread anti-India sentiments among the natives of Jammu and Kashmir, the chief of Lashkar front said, “Indian mindset against Kashmiris is exposed yet again by this sad incident, while immense love for Pakistan by Kashmiris is very clear too.”

The issue of expulsion of around 60 Kashmiri students of Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut for allegedly supporting Pakistan cricket team against India in the Asia Cup match between the two sides has triggered the hornet’s nest in the political and intellectual corridors of the country.

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slammed the action as uncalled for and an "unacceptably harsh punishment" and said it will ruin the future of the students and further alienate them. He asked the UP government to reverse the decision. Abdullah also spoke to UP

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who too felt that such action was not warranted against the students who, he said, may have shouted something in excitement without realizing its implications.

Giving the controversy another angle, Saeed tweeted, “Expulsion of Kashmiri students from a university & charges of sedition for supporting Pakistan in Cricket explains how 'democratic' India is”.

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