Practical issues in implementing J&K's Rehab Policy: PC

Practical issues in implementing J&K's Rehab Policy: PC

6 July 2011
The Daily Excelsior


NEW DELHI: Home Minister P Chidambaram today said there were 'practical issues' in implementing Jammu and Kashmir Governmentís rehabilitation policy for militants who have crossed over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir. 'The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has identified a certain number of people who can be brought back to India under the rehabilitation scheme. But there are number of practical issues that have to be resolved,' Home Minister P Chidambaram today said in his monthly press briefing. He said there were 'very many practical issues' that have to be resolved. 'After discussing with the Chief Minister of J and K, I have asked the Home Ministry and External Affairs Ministry to sit together to resolve the practical aspects of physically bringing them (militants) to our side of the LoC and rehabilitating them,' he said. A high level committee comprising representatives of J-K Government, MHA, Army and others had scrutinised the applications of militants who wanted to return. After verifying the antecedents of the militants who want to surrender and live a peaceful life, it cleared 28 names of nearly 700 application received by it. The issue of return of Kashmiri youth from PoK shot to prominence in 2006 when a delegation of leaders from J-K, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, went to Pakistan. On the reports suggesting that thousands of militants are waiting to cross over the Line of Control, Chidambaram said these were 'highly exaggerated' claims. 'To the best of my assessment its an exaggerated claim. We know that there are certain number of people from the other side of border or LoC who are ready to infiltrate but I think that is a much smaller number,' he said. The Home Minister said,'I donít think that this report is correct that several thousand people have been trained to infiltrate. I think this is a highly exaggerated report whatever we know whatever we assess the armed forces, the paramilitary forces and the JK police are fully competent to deal with infiltration. They are in fact dealing with infiltration'. He said even on Monday an infiltration attempt was foiled and one attempted infiltrator was killed in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, India today said there was no indication from Pakistan on sending its judicial commission here to take the statement of the magistrate, who had recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab, to pursue the 26-11 attacks case. 'There is no indication from Pakistan if and when their team is visiting India. The situation stands where it stood a few weeks ago,' Chidambaram said. During the Home Secretary-level talks here in March, India had agreed to host Pakistanís judicial commission to take statements of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule, Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale and the doctor who carried out the post-mortem of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Islamabad has been maintaining that it is necessary to send the commission to India as part of the judicial process of the 26-11 case in Pakistan and promised at the Home Secretary-level talks that they would do so by May 15. The Government has already conveyed to the Bombay High Court that Sawant and Mahale should be available for questioning by the Pakistani commission. The commission wants to interview the Indian officials in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects, currently in a jail in that country, in the 26-11 Mumbai attacks case. India has already provided to Pakistan copies of Kasabís statement that was recorded in Hindi and Marathi in the presence of Waghule. An English version is also available with Pakistan. (PTI)†


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