Former Militant Returns To J&K From PoK

Former Militant Returns To J&K From PoK

20 July 2012
Times of India
Sanjay Khajuria

Jammu: A 34-year-old former militant was detained along with his wife and three kids after they returned to there native Poonch in Jammu & Kashmir from Pakistan via Nepal, the Jammu & Kashmir police said on Friday. Several former militants, stranded in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, have returned to Jammu & Kashmir since the government announced an amnesty policy for those, who abjure violence and pledge their allegiance to India. Poonch SSP Shamsheer Hussain said the four were detained after a police team intercepted an Uttar Pradesh registration number vehicle. 'They failed to give satisfactory replies to the police party.' He identified the four as Sarfaraz Ahmed, his Pakistan wife, Shaheen Akhter, and their children, Arshad, Tabinda and Mujtaba, aged between two and seven. 'Sarfaraz is a resident of Hari Safeda in Surankote.' A police officer said Sarfaraz, a former Hizbul Mujahideen cadre, has revealed that he had crossed over to PoK in 1999 for arms training. 'The ultra changed his loyalty towards Hizbul Mujhadeen (Pir Panjal Range), an offshoot of the terror outfit,' he said. 'He returned in 2001 but again crossed over to PoK a year later. Police are verifying his claims that he had come via Nepal.' The government has designated four entry points - Poonch and Uri in J&K Wagah in Punjab and New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport from where the youth can enter the state as part of the rehabilitation policy. But many ex-militants opt for Nepal route to avoid paper work.