‘If govt can do nothing to help, they should let my wife and children return to Pakistan’
PULWAMA: Nisar Ahmad Khan, 44, a resident of Newa Pulwama, went to Pakistan in 1992 but later came back under the rehabilitation scheme announced by the then chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. He now says he committed a “blunder” in returning from Pakistan.
“On my return to Kashmir, we were assured by the government that all of us would be rehabilitated and a government job would be given to us. Let aside the government job, the land allotted to me by the Pulwama deputy commissioner was not given to me due to the political influence of the man who has occupied that state land,” Nisar said.
Five marlas of state land was sanctioned to him by the Pulwama DC, Nidsar said, but a local family with the help of political support occupied the plot of land which measures 28 kanals, including the five marlas allotted to Nisar. “I have the approved order from Financial Commissioner Revenue, Kashmi, Lokesh Dutt Jha, as well as from the then Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon. They e ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama to implement the order but till now I am waiting for the district authorities to act,” Nisar said, adding that he has also submitted a No Objection Certificate from the villagers.
Aafiya Hassan, the wife of Nisar and a native of Pakistan, said that she was aware that such things happen in Kashmir. “I am living a miserable life here. I want to go back with my children. But they (the authorities) don’t allow us to go for the reason that we don’t have Indian passports,” she said.
Nisar said that he has knocked the offices of all officers but seven years of such efforts have gone in vain. He said he is living in a rented room with Rs 2,500 monthly rent and has to pay the school fees of his children. “I owe rent of six months which I am not able to pay. I am working as a tailor in the same room where I live. The work fetches me Rs 300 a day,” he said.
Bashir Ahmad, a relative, said that Nisar and his family were living a pathetic life in a single room.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, told Kashmir Reader that he will look into the matter. “I have no idea about this. Let me confirm first and I will tell you accordingly,” he said.
Nisar said if the government can do nothing for him, then they should let his wife and children go back to Pakistan. “The education and future of my children is at stake. The government can put me in jail but they should let my wife and children go back to Pakistan,” he said.