BARAMULLA: A man from Uri in Baramulla district, who returned to his homeland four years ago under the much hyped Rehabilitation Policy, is dejected and disappointed now. With no rehabilitation, as claimed by the state government, in sight, he wants to go back to Pakistan along with his family.
Mohammad Maqbool Shah of Peerniyan village of tehsil Boniyar in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district returned from the Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) to his homeland here under Rehabilitation Policy of J&K Government about four years ago. Shah brought with him his Pakistani wife and two small children. But since their return, the family is living in penury and now the family wants to return to Pakistan.
While talking to Kashmir Reader, Shah who along with his family is living in a tin shed of NHPC in Gantamulla, Baramulla said, “I crossed the border for arms training with Muslim Janbaz Force (MJF) in September 1991 but did not return back. I started driving in Mansara tehsil of Muzafarabad for years and married a Pakistani girl Fareeda in Sanchari village of tehsil Mansara Muzafarabad in 1994. Fareeda worked in a government hospital as rural health worker and earned about 7000 rupees per month. I bought a Tata mobile vehicle and was earning about 15000 rupees per month. I bought a small house there and was living as a happy man.”
Attracted by Rehabilitation Policy of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, Shah decided to return home. Shah returned through Nepal in December 2012 and surrendered before the Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK) at Srinagar. Shah was released along with his family within two days. On reaching his native village Peerniyan in Uri, Shah started waiting for his rehabilitation. But till date, the wait is not over.
Days turned months and months into years. And with no help coming from anywhere Shah admitted his two daughters Pakeeza and Munaza in Iqbal Islamia Model School Gantamulla. “From past four years, I met every one in district administration for my rehabilitation. But every time officials told me that there is no such policy! I joined a Darul Uloom to earn some livelihood. With Rs 4000 income, I am struggling to fulfill the needs of my family,” he said. Shah does not own a house nor any land. He is living in a tin shed in a very poor condition.
“I was further disappointed when I learnt that government wants to construct Sanik Colonies for retired soldiers, composite Colonies for Pandits but there is no policy for we people, who are permanent residents of Kashmir and who dropped guns hoping to live a normal life,” Shah lamented. “After spending four years here, I understand that Kashmir is only for the non-state subjects while Pakistani hearts are still open for us. They are giving us honour and respect while here, we were disappointed”.
Fareeda, wife of Maqbool said that she was in a government job there but when government here announced a Rehabilitation Policy, her husband forced her to return to his homeland. “After spending four long years here, I appeal government to allow us to go back to Pakistan, because here is nothing for us,” she said.