Claiming innocence of Liyaqat Ali, who was arrested by Delhi police for planning terror attack in Delhi, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that Liyaqat was coming to the state under rehabilitation policy via Nepal.
Nepal earlier was considered as an illegal route for return but the chief minister claimed that they have approved it for return of militants as Pakistan is not allowing militants to return via LoC.
"After our neighbouring country (Pakistan) didn't allow ex-militants to return to J&K through line of control (LoC) under rehabilitation policy, Liyaqat was coming via Nepal, which is the approved route, to get the benefit of rehabilitation policy," Omar said, while replying on the discussion of grants in state legislative Assembly in Jammu on Monday afternoon.
Liyaqat was arrested by Delhi police on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh after returning to Indian via Nepal, for planning terrorist attack in a mall in Delhi but J&K police claimed that Liyaqat has nothing to do with terrorist attack as he was returning to J&K under rehabilitation policy.
In November 2010, the J&K government announced policy and procedure for return of ex-militants, who had crossed over to Pakistan for arms training but wanted to come back home after shunning the violence, through particular route via LoC, to the state notified under vide government order number Home-1376 (ISA) of 2010 dated November 23, 2010. Not a single militant has returned through LoC but via Nepal 241 militants have returned back to J&K.
"Liyaqat was also returning to J&K along his family to get benefit of rehabilitation policy," Omar said, adding, "Terrorists don't come to attack by holding hands of their families but with rifle in one hand and grenades in another."
The chief minister warned that if Liyaqat is treated like this, no other militant from Pakistan will plan to come back to the state to get benefit of rehabilitation policy.
Meanwhile, Omar informed the house that Liyaqat's case has been transferred to National Investigating Agency (NIA). "I asked union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to transfer the case to NIA and he paid heed to it and case has been transferred. Now, truth will be out in a time bound manner."