During his visit to Jammu on Wednesday, Home Minister P. Chidambaram is expected to discuss with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah implementation of the state government’s policy to rehabilitate youths who had crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) during the past two decades of terrorism.
About 3,000 young men are estimated to have crossed over to PoK to learn how to use weapons and to join the war against the Indian state.
The Centre has accepted what is commonly referred to as the ‘surrender policy’.
The overt aim of the policy is to strike a conciliatory note with terrorists to pave the way for peace in the state. But analysts see it as a plan to keep these youths in the loop after their return and use their services in the battle against terrorism.
“We can control their movements by keeping them on the surveillance radar. It will help check their background and get more intelligence inputs from their network,” said a senior state official, who did not want to be named.
The policy to rehabilitate youths wishing to surrender on their return to the state was tabled in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly in 2006 when Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was chief minister.