Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had on Monday announced his decision to accept Abdullah's request for a NIA probe. No formal orders, however, have been issued till late in the evening.
"While steps are being taken to deal with the present situation, it was felt there was a need to explicitly lay down standard operating procedures that need to be followed and plug the gaps," a government official said.
Nearly 240 ex-militants - who had crossed the border into Pakistan in their youth to receive arms training - have returned to J&K over the last few years under the new surrender policy initiated by J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah.
All of them came through Nepal.
The decision to have a laid-down standard operating procedure was taken after Delhi Police arrested Liyaqat Shah soon after he entered India, alleging that he was on his way to the capital for a terror strike. They also claimed to have recovered an AK-47 at his instance from a guest house.
Under the new system, J&K policemen would be posted at designated check-posts on the Indo-Nepal border to be used by the surrendering militants who would verify their identity and escort them to J&K.
The home ministry had asked J&K police to post their men in 2011-12 also but the state police had then refused to take up the offer citing shortage of manpower. This time, they won't have a problem. The Liyaqat controversy has demonstrated how one mistake had the potential to wipe out the goodwill earned due to the return of the 240 militants.