Govt may approve Nepal route for PaK returnees

Srinagar: The state government is vigorously pressing for recognition of Nepal as an approved route for former militants who return to Valley from Pakistan- administered Kashmir (PaK) under the ‘rehabilitation policy’, a local news agency said Saturday.
“This has been disclosed by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while replying to a DO letter written by Yousuf Tarigami, the CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA Kulgam. Omar has said that his government has already taken up the matter with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for exploring the possibility of recognizing Nepal as one of the routes for return of such people which is being pursued vigorously,” the KNS said.
Tarigami had shot a letter to Omar on May 9 with reference to death of Saira Bano, daughter of Mohammad Sadiq Khan, of Dalhozi Abbotabad, PaK, after she immolated herself. “I share deep pain and concern at the tragic death of Saira Bano who was married to Abdul Majeed Lone, son of Ali Mohammad Lone, of Naidkhai (Bandipora),” Omar has said in reply to Tarigami’s letter.
The government has approved four routes—Wagah-Attari, Salamabd-Uri, Chakan-da-Bagh-Poonch and Indira Gandhi international Airport-New Delhi—for the purposes of return of youth under the said policy.