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PC visit to discuss amnesty

india Updated: Feb 14, 2010 01:42 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will visit Jammu on Wednesday to take the proposed amnesty process for Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to the next level.

Chidambaram, who has supported the initiative of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants, including those returning from PoK, will discuss the proposed policy with the government and security agencies at a meeting of the unified command, home ministry sources said.

Chidambaram and Abdullah will discuss 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,” said Abdullah.

The policy will be discussed in the state’s budget session commencing on February 22.

“This move aims to get back those... 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,” said an officer of a security agency. “It would be a big psychological boost for us.”

Youngsters who were swayed by the “Pindi (Rawal Pindi) chalo” call in 1989-90 reportedly want to return.