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3,084 Kashmir youth still in PoK, 824 missing youth joined militancy: Govt

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 09, 2012
First Published: 20:23 IST(9/10/2012) | Last Updated: 20:24 IST(9/10/2012)

The Jammu and Kashmir government believes there are still 3,084 youth in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) who had gone for arms training 1990s. It said 824 youth who were reported missing back home have joined the militant ranks.

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 In a written reply to the assembly, the government said 123 persons have returned from PoK from Nepal and other routes in the wake of the government’s rehabilitation policy. “Of 123 persons who returned, 90 have brought their families along with them,” said the government report, which declined to disclose any details of such persons.

The government confirmed that it received 1,082 application from youth stuck in PoK who intended to return.

“The security agencies have cleared 219 cases so far and the rest of the requests are under various stages of scrutiny and verification,” said the government.

Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the state government have jointly drafted a policy for the return and rehabilitation of the youth willing to shun violent path and return.

The government puts the number of people who disappeared in the last two decades at 2,305. It told the assembly that in only 182 cases of disappearance FIRs have been registered.

 The figures are being contested by the human rights organization, which accuse the government of coming up with contradictory statements.

 “In 2002, the government put figures of disappeared persons at 3,184, In 2003, the Peoples Democratic Party there are 3,744 such persons. In 2006, Ghulam Nabi Azad’s government said a total of 693 cases of disappearances were registered,” said the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) spokesman in Srinagar while pointing out divergent statements.

 The APDP spokesman said Omar in 2008 said 4,000 persons had disappeared. “This statement came when Abdullah was in the opposition. After assuming the office, Omar in 2009 said 3,429 persons had gone missing. In 2010, he said 1,105 persons have disappeared. Now, he his government puts he figures at 2,305,” said the APDP.

 The APDP has asked government to clear the confusion and come up with details.

 “Now that the government has come up with a latest figure of the disappeared persons, it is incumbent on it to make public the full details of these 2,305 disappeared persons,” said the spokesman.


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