No Amnesty For PaK Returnees

No Amnesty For PaK Returnees

9 March 2011
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Ahmad Shah

Srinagar: The government Wednesday said under the rehabilitation policy, general amnesty would not be granted to the persons, who return from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). The policy has been launched to facilitate the return of Kashmiris, who had crossed over to PaK for arms and explosive training but had later given up and are willing to return to the State. In a written reply to the query on rehabilitation policy by MLC Javiad Ahmad Rana in Legislative Council, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also the Home minister, said it has been categorically mentioned that no general amnesty will be envisaged under this policy. “The returnees would be duly prosecuted in cases of serious nature registered against them in police station. The cases registered against them for having crossed over to PaK or Pakistan would be reviewed,” he said. He said the returnees shall not be entitled to any of the special benefits or privileges available in the surrender and rehabilitation policy. “The conduct and behavior of the returnees will be closely monitored by the local police and CID for two years from completion of the counseling process. In between, the returnees will be given training in suitable trades or skills in the counseling centers or other institution in order to enable their re-integration into the society,” he said. He said the applications of the persons, who are willing to return, will be scrutinized by SPs of their concerned district and later the report will be forwarded to CID department. “CID sleuths will review the cases and scrutinize all the applications in consultation with the central intelligence agencies and forces and afterwards a dossier will be prepared. It will be later forwarded to the Home department where a final decision will be taken whether to accept or reject the applications. A high level committee will look into the issue,” he said. He said under the policy, the returnees will be permitted to enter the State only via Wagha border, PCP Attari, Salamabad or through Indira Gandhi International airport. “After the completion of the formalities at the crossing points, the returnees will be escorted to the State and the district authorities will be duly informed. A record of their entry into India and state will be maintained by the immigration authorities at the crossing points and by the JK CID respectively,” he said. He said necessary entry certificates will be provided to the wives and children of the persons, who married during their stay in PaK and have children as well. “The returnee along with his family after due certification shall be taken to respective counseling centres established by the government where they would be stationed for a period of three months or for such period as would be necessary. In these centers, they would be de-briefed and all necessary documents will be prepared,” the chief minister added in the written reply.


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