To take the general amnesty process for militants returning from Pakistan occupied Kashmir to next level, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is visiting Jammu on February 17 and an attempt is already underway to make Kashmiri separatists part of this agreement to give the proposed policy a wider acceptability.
Chidambaram ,who has come out openly in support of the initiative taken by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants, including those returning from PoK, is also seeking cooperation of Kashmiri separatists on the issue, a top level source told Hindustan Times.
During his one day-visit , Chidambaram would be holding discussions with the Army, paramilitary forces , state police and intelligence agencies based in Jammu and Kashmir to discuss the proposed policy.
Chidambaram and Omar would be discussing threadbare all the aspects of the issue , including “identification of the militants, their domicile, modalities of surrender, their entry into the mainstream and economic rehabilitation” .
“ We will start the process at the state level, and whatever is to be done by the Centre, will be done by Delhi,” Omar had told HT in an interview on Thursday.
The proposed policy would also be discussed in the state legislature, the budget session of which is commencing from February 22.
As to how the Centre and the state would jointly work on this policy, would be discussed by the two.
“ The core thing is that this is a big move aimed at getting back those elements of society who had gone across to wage a war against our nation, and their return would show the disillusionment with the whole concept of militancy and futility of path of violence,” a senior officer of a security agency told Hindustan Times.
It would give a psychological boost to us,” the officer said.
Separatists ,looking for an opportunity to show their credibility in the eyes of the people of the Valley, may be persuaded to become part of the whole process .
What has encouraged the Centre to accept the policy is that the separatists and some of the mainstream parties are on the same page. The men who had got swayed by “ Pindi ( Rawal Pindi) chalo” call in 1989-1990, have become a disillusioned lot and they have sent several communications , through leaders and others wishing to return to their homes in an honourable fashion.
PoK based militants had first made this plea to a group of J&K journalists in November 2004. Their tales were widely reported by the Indian media, and thereafter political groups in Kashmir picked up the thread.
Home Minister has been briefed on all these aspects and he would be discussing it all before reaching a consensus as to how to move forward on this process.