4,132 militants still operating in Pakistan: Govt

JAMMU: The state government on Sunday said 4,132 militants were still operating in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).
Reportedly, there are approximately 4,132 militants still (operating) in Pakistan-administered Kashmir( PaK)  and Pakistan, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a written reply to the question of JKNPP member Harshdev Singh in Assembly.
In reply to the question about the estimated number of militants operating across the border, Abdullah said that no details of exact number of militants in PaK and Pakistan were readily available.
Replying to a question about the steps taken to ensure their return to the state under the policy of return of the persons in PaK, Omar said state government has notified the policy and procedure in November 2010 for return of those belonged to J&K, who had crossed over to PaK, Pakistan for training but have given up violence due to change of hearts.
Under this policy, joint check posts at Wagha, Attari, Salamabad, Chakan-Da-Bagh crossings on LoC and IGI airport in New Delhi have been identified as the routes for the return of these individuals.
However, no individual have returned to the state via these approved routes, he said.
Omar said till January 31, 2014, 1171 applications were received on behalf of the prospective returnees who are willing to return under the policy, and out of these, 422 cases have been recommended by different intelligence agencies.
“While the cases of 12 prospective returnees have been recommended to the government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the cases of 382 prospective returnees are under consideration in the Home Department to the government of India, MHA,” Omar said.
The cases of remaining 28 individuals have not been considered as they have returned via Nepal, and are being dealt with in accordance with the relevant provisions of law, Omar said.
Last year the policy came under shadow and severe criticism when a former militant, Syed Liyaqat Shah, who was returning home under the policy was arrested by Delhi police, claiming that he was about to carry militant activities in the capital on the eve of Holi. However, J&K government contested the Delhi police’s claims and maintained that Shah was returning home under the return and rehabilitation policy. The J&K government had also said that Shah was in a constant touch with police for his return to his home state.   Shah was later released by Delhi police.
During the past three years and the current year up to January 31, 2014, Omar said 268 individuals along with their family members have returned via Nepal which is not a recognised route under the policy.
Cases under the relevant provisions of law have been registered against these individuals, he said.
Besides, six ladies along with 13 children but without their husbands have returned via Nepal during 2012 and 2013. Of these, while husbands of two ladies had already infiltrated through LoC and later on surrendered, husbands of three ladies have died a natural death and husband of one lady has reportedly gone to Italy, Omar added. with PTI inputs

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