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Nothing wrong in facilitating return of militants: Chidambaram

Unfazed by Opposition criticism, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said there was nothing wrong in facilitating the return of Kashmiri militants who had gone to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for which a draft surrender policy is being prepared by the J and K government.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2010 22:19 IST

Unfazed by Opposition criticism, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said there was nothing wrong in facilitating the return of Kashmiri militants who had gone to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for which a draft surrender policy is being prepared by the J and K government.

"If they give up militancy, come back and become law abiding citizens, there is nothing wrong in facilitating their return," he told reporters after the Unified Command meeting here. Chidambaram, who has drawn flak from BJP, made it clear that this process will not be carried out in haste. "We will be very careful. Nothing would be done in hurry. This will take time. We will work on the scheme patiently and carefully," he said. The BJP has termed the government move as "misconceived".

The Home Minister said the J and K government is working on a draft surrender policy relating to return of Kashmiri militants who had crossed over to PoK.

"I will request the state government to give us the draft as early as possible...I have identified some points which have to be factored in like identification, screening, facilitating travel back to J and K, de-briefing and rehabilitation," he said.

Chidambaram said the idea was to facilitate youth who have crossed over to return to the state and be united with their families if they shun militancy.