Bharatiya Janata Party national executive member and J&K chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh has expressed concern over the intelligence reports that Pakistan was closely tracking former militants in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its revised strategy to use them to revive dwindling local support for militancy.
Denouncing the National Conference - Congress coalition government in J&K for its flawed rehabilitation policy for former militants, Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that even as the policy has disastrously led to around 400 persons entering into the state illegally without any screening or verification via Nepal, which is not a notified route according to the policy itself.
He said there are, in addition, disturbing reports about thousands of released former militants walking the streets of Kashmir after having completed prison term or out on bail, but who are not yet ideologically compromised, and may therefore pose a threat as potential trouble-makers to usurp peace in the valley and elsewhere.
This could also be linked to the ISI's design to push Afghan militants into J&K after US withdrawal next year, he warned.
Singh cautioned that unless ideologically reformed, these former militants were not only capable of fomenting trouble, but could also radicalise the next generation of Kashmiri youth.
A major problem with most of these released militants is that they possess little education and low employability credential coupled with huge incompatibility of "attitude", he said.
According to intelligence evidence, Jitendra Singh said, the Pakistan ISI is desperate to revive dwindling local support for militancy by engaging former militants and educated youth well versed in latest hi-tech methods of communication like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and modern weaponry.
“In a scenario like this, former militants and the indoctrinated youth comprise potential target groups for revised Pak strategy,” he said.
Moreover, the government policy itself suggested that each of the former militants shall be, before rehabilitation, placed under supervision and surveillance for three months at counselling centres but again, this practice too was never followed either in case of former militants returning from PoK or former militants released after having completed their jail term, he added.
“Significantly, many of these former militants have also been recruited into the state police force without adequate verification,” he said.