Rehabilitation policy hits another roadblock

‘Uttar Pradesh Objects To Deployment Of JK Police Along Indo-Nepal Border’


Jammu, Apr 3: In a new twist to the Rehabilitation Policy for Kashmiri youth who had crossed over to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), Uttar Pradesh government has raised objections to deploying J&K police along its border with Nepal, a move recently approved by New Delhi to legalize return of the youth through Indo-Nepal border.
“The UP government has raised some objections. We are looking how it can be sorted out,” Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Kichloo told media persons outside the Assembly.
In the wake of the arrest of former militant Liyaqat Shah by Delhi Police last month, the Centre decided to legalize surrender of the Kashmiri militants via Nepal route. The states which share border with Nepal include Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
Under a new arrangement and to plug loopholes in the Rehabilitation Policy, New Delhi had consented that J&K police would assist Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) along Indo-Nepal border to facilitate return of Kashmiri militants. “We had gone two steps ahead to ensure safe return of these youth via Nepal. But they (UP) have raised objections,” said Kichloo.
Sources had told Greater Kashmir that JK police was to move a component posted in New Delhi to Indo-Nepal border till a permanent police unit was sanctioned by the state government for deployment there. Since 2010, at least 241 former militants have returned, some along with their families including wives and children, while 3974 Kashmiri youth are still living in PaK and Pakistan, the government told the Assembly last month.
The policy backed by New Delhi was meant for the youth who had crossed over to PaK in early 90’s and wanted to return and had given up the “idea of picking up the guns due to change of hearts”.
It puts a rider that the youth wishing to return would be permitted to enter only through four entry points – Poonch-Rawalakote, Uri-Muzaffarabad, Wagah (Punjab) and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
However, the Government informed the House last week that all the 241 youth had returned via Nepal, which is an “illegal route”.
But after Liyaqat’s arrest, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah cleared that his government had approved the Nepal route after Pakistan raised objection to the Rehabilitation Policy.
Kichloo today said even the Government of India was taken onboard prior to State Government’s approval to Nepal route. “It (policy) is not the creation of the state government alone but has backing of the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Kichloo said.
Meanwhile, in a major relief to the surrendered militants and their families, the Government today revealed it has undertaken the process to rehabilitate the former militants who returned from Pakistan administered Kashmir using Nepal route.
Kichloo said the Government has set up a 5-member Committee headed by him to look into the problems faced by the militants and their families. The panel would return to the Government with a proposal for their proper rehabilitation, he said.
The Principal Secretary Home, Director General of Police, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Inspector General of Police Kashmir range are the other members of the panel.
Kichloo said the Committee would meet these former militants and their families and inquire into the problems faced by them.
Last week the family members of these former militants staged a protest in Srinagar alleging that the Government was not providing any facility to them and their children were denied admission in the Valley schools.
Earlier today the NPP moved an adjournment motion in the House seeking discussion on the return of Kashmir youth from PaK.

FIVE-Member Committee Headed By MOS Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo To Look Into The Problems Faced By Surrendered Militants And Their Families. The Panel Members Include Principal Secretary Home, Director General Of Police, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir And Inspector General Of Police Kashmir

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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