Incredible story of Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak inspires even Subramanian Swamy

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Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak last week topped the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission exams leaving everybody stunned. Those who know the 27-year-old topper understand just how extraordinary Khattak’s success has been.
Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak

This was because, his ancestral house in Poonch district’s Surankote was burnt down by terrorists and the family moved to Jammu.

“In 1990s, Surankote had been in the grip of peak insurgency, and in 1998, my ancestral house was torched by terrorists at Mohra Bachai (in Poonch district’s Surankote),” Khattak told Hindustan Times.

This incident had far-reaching impact on the family’s livelihood even forcing them to uproot themselves from their native place. They decided to move to Jammu.

“The decade of 1990s was disturbed in the entire Jammu and Kashmir, but Pir Panjal, Rajouri and Poonch areas were badly affected because of insurgency and terrorism. The area was not developed, and secondly, there was a threat of insurgency – it was a double trouble for us. We received our primary education there, but when our parents found it difficult to keep us in those circumstances, we migrated from that area and I received rest of my education in Jammu,” he told ANI.

Khattak said that he may have been in class 8 or 9, when he began to aspire for cracking the civil services examinations.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said that Khattak topping the the exam despite incredible hardships will have ‘multiplier effect’ on the peace process in the valley adding that youth in the valley wanted a life beyond insurgency.

Governor NN Vohra has congratulated Khattak lauding his achievement and advising him to work with ‘honesty and sustained devotion to promote the common man’s welfare.’

Khattak’s story has left others inspired. This is how some of them reacted on social media platforms.

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