Probe Into Pakistani In J-K Police Force
2 April 2003
The Indian Express
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry into the alleged recruitment of a Pakistani national, Ifitkar Ali, into the state police force. This followed a report in The Indian Express last week that some Pakistani nationals, who came to India on valid Pakistani passports in 1983, had managed to settle in the border district of Poonch in connivance with some local revenue officials. The inquiry has been ordered by DGP, A.K. Suri, well placed sources in the administration said. The police, as part of their inquiry, have sought details from the Revenue Department about the nationality of Ali and his family. Ejaj Ahmed, DC, Poonch, admitted that police had contacted his department regarding the matter. Police have given them a copy of the verdict delivered by him in a land mutation case last year wherein, it was held that the family had come to India on a Pakistani passport and as such, they cannot be treated as Indian nationals, he added. Significantly, while election officials have struck off the names of Pakistani nationals from the voters list and revenue officials have cancelled the mutation of land done in favour of the family members, they are yet to cancel their state subjects showing them to be permanent residents of the state. Ahmed, however, said that while the Revenue Department issues state subjects to permanent residents of the state, it does not have the power to cancel them. Only the government can cancel it if issued to a wrong person, he added. The appointment of a Pakistani national had shocked the authorities as the antecedents of every new appointee are thoroughly screened to check entry of any ISI mole into the belt force.