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J-K offers passage for militants to return from PoK

The Jammu and Kashmir government has cleared a rehabilitation policy for men who had crossed over to Pakistan to receive weapons and training in terrorism but want to give up violence and return to the state.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2010 01:03 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

The Jammu and Kashmir government has cleared a rehabilitation policy for men who had crossed over to Pakistan to receive weapons and training in terrorism but want to give up violence and return to the state.

The policy, applicable only to terrorists who were residents of the state, was cleared in a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday. The cabinet gave its approval after the policy was vetted by the Union home ministry.

The state government will facilitate the return of terrorists by identifying places in the state where terrorists can reach from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The terrorists will have to make their own arrangements to reach these places.

These points would be near the places used for trade across the Line of Control with Pakistan, a minister who attended the meeting told HT. Cross-border trade currently takes place through Chakan-da-Bagh area in Poonch district of Jammu division and the Kaman post in Kashmir division’s Uri district.

Unlike rehabilitation policies by previous regimes, those who return would not receive any monetary incentives.

Police sources said about 3,000 terrorists from the state had crossed the LoC in the 90s.

“However, those terrorists who have serious charges against them such as murder, abduction or rape would benefit only after completion of legal formalities,” a senior official said.

A senior minister said on condition of anonymity that the policy may generate goodwill for the government but has little chance of succeeding. “It’s not as business transaction that Pakistan will allow. It has brainwashed and lured these youths to cross the LoC. Do you think it will give them free passage to go back?” he said.