The Union Home Ministry has returned to J&K government 391 cases of the youth who want to return from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir under the policy for return of ex-militants to the State. This information was disclosed by the government in the Legislative Assembly on Saturday.
In a written response to points raised by NC’s Mubarak Gul, the government informed the House that 391 cases cleared by a high-level committee have been returned by the MHA for re-examination.
“On the recommendations of the high-level committee, the Home department vide communications dated 14-07-2011 and 30-10-2014 recommended 391 prospective returnees to the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs for return to the state. The Ministry of Home Affairs has returned the aforesaid 391 cases for re-examination in consultation with the concerned security/intelligence agencies,” the reply reads.
In 2010, the State government unveiled a policy for return of the youth who had crossed over to the Pakistan-administered-Kashmir between 1990 to 2009 for arms training but have given up militancy and are willing to return to the state.
The government disclosed that MHA has cleared 68 such cases.
“The Home department also received dossiers of the 68 persons from the then IGP CID which were examined and cleared by the high-level committee in its meeting held on 22.12.2015. The Ministry of Home Affairs has conveyed the approval to the return of these 68 prospective returnees,” the reply states.
As many as 363 such youth have returned along with their 823 family members through Nepal route since September 2010.
“Since the inception of this policy, no youth has been able to return via the approved routes due to inexplicable reasons/difficulties. However, the youth have been returning to the state along with their families (wives/children) via Nepal which is not an approved route under the policy,” the response reveals.
The routes approved are JCP Wagah/Attari, Salamabad, Chakkan-da-Bagh crossing points on the Line of Control and through the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.