‘Liyaqat’s arrest setback for rehabilitation policy’
Jammu, Mar 25: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said the arrest of Syed Liyaqat Shah is a setback for the state government’s rehabilitation policy for the former militants. Shah, he said, was not headed to Delhi to carry out Fidayeen attacks. “If a man comes to attack a shopping mall, will he come with his wife and children? I am hearing for the first time that a militant came to attack holding the hand of his wife and carrying weapons in other hand, as if going for a picnic. When militants come they carry grenades and guns in hands, Liyaqat was returning with his wife and children, we have taken up the issue with Centre, because we know if wrong is done with Liyaqat, others who want to take benefit of surrender policy will hold back,” Omar said in the Legislative Assembly while winding up the discussion on the grants of the departments under his charge.
Chief Minister said Liyaqat was a former militant who had sought amnesty under the state government’s Rehabilitation Policy and was not headed to carry out any Fidayeen attack at New Delhi as claimed by Delhi Police.
Omar apprehended the arrest of Liyaqat might prove a setback for implementation of the Rehabilitation Policy as other youth in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) could give up their plans to return and live peaceful lives.
On March 20 the Delhi police claimed it arrested Liyaqat near Gorakhpur on way to New Delhi, claiming he was assigned to “carry out a Fidayeen attack” there.
However, the charges were contested by Liyaqat’s family which claimed that he was on way to surrender before the J&K police under the Policy. They said the Police was well in advance informed about it. The claims were later backed by the J&K police.
Quoting J&K Police report Omar said Liyaqat was returning with his wife and children.
“I was told by police that he (Liyaqat) was returning under the rehabilitation policy and they had prior information about his planned surrender. We know if wrong is done with Liyaqat others who want to benefit from the Rehabilitation Policy will hold back,”’ Omar said.
The policy announced by the state government in 2010 was meant for Kashmiri youth who had crossed over to PaK in nineties for arms training but “due to change of hearts had given up the idea of picking up guns” and wanted to return to live a normal life.
The youth, as per the policy, are only allowed to return through four entry points – Poonch-Rawalakote, Uri-Muzaffarabad, Wagah (Punjab) and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
However, Omar disclosed in the House that the state government had “selected” the Nepal route (it is not included in the policy) - for return of Kashmiri youth after Pakistan created hurdles in implementation of the Policy.
On his demand for probe by the National Investigation Agency into Liyaqat’s arrest, Omar said he did not want confrontation between the two forces. “That is the reason I asked for the NIA probe,” he said.
He said the Union Home Ministry has ordered the probe by the NIA into the arrest. “I hope it will be carried in time bound manner,” Omar said.
Earlier the House witnessed uproar over the issue after members of ruling National Conference brought an adjournment motion seeking debate on Liyaqat’s arrest. However the Speaker didn’t allow the motion.
Soon the House assembled this morning the National Conference legislator and former Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, backed by other party legislators including Aga Ruhullah and Javed Ahmad Dar, brought the motion.
“Liyaqat had sought amnesty under the rehabilitation policy,” Wani said.
However, the legislators of Jammu based opposition parties opposed Wani’s resolution and created uproar in the House.
They said National Conference has no right to continue in the Government as Congress has already announced in the House that it would withdraw support to them.
In a bid to cool tempers, the Speaker intervened saying the state government has already taken up the issue with the Government of India.
Later Minister for Law Department Mir Saifullah told media persons that Liyaqat had applied under the Rehabilitation policy and the “relevant” information was being shared with the Government of India and Delhi police.
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