Srinagar: The government has liberalized passport verification guidelines for former militants and their kin.
An official spokesman said that amended policy will allow for “issuance of clearance for obtaining passport for Haj/Umrah in respect of an applicant who had crossed over to PaK/Pakistan for obtaining arms training, but has returned, eschewed violence, is silent, has exhibited a good conduct and completed fifteen years or more in the State from the date of his return and on the date of application.”
“The amended policy further provides that clearance for issuance of passport will be granted in favour of applicant(s) whose relative(s) have crossed over to PaK/Pakistan, fifteen years ago, is/are silent there and do not have any adverse report from the concerned agencies,” the spokesman said.
Guidelines relaxed in 2011 provided for issuance of verification for passport purposes to the relatives of militants who have died ten years ago or have surrendered twelve years ago. “However, there was no provision for issuing such clearance in respect of an applicant whose militant relative is still in PaK/Pakistan. Further, there is no explicit provision to deal with the cases of such youth who had returned to the State. Now keeping in view the overall improvement in the security scenario in the state, and public representations , the government has considered the matter and decided to further liberalize the policy for issuance of verification for obtaining passports,” he said.