Army Punctures Rehab Policy, Pushes Back Youth To PaK

Army Punctures Rehab Policy, Pushes Back Youth To PaK

30 October 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: By pushing the family of Mohammad Javed of Surankote back to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), the Army once again played a spoilsport in the implementation of much touted rehabilitation policy for the youth returning from other side of Line of Control. This was the fourth time the Army denied entry into this side citing that they had not come through the designated route. On October 23, Mohammad Javed along with his wife Tabassum alias Sofia, a resident of Sialkot Pakistan and their three children Zoha Javed (5) Mohammad Saqeeb (2) and Wasim (7 months), appeared at village Digwar Terwain ahead of fencing, about five kilometers from Poonch sector and offered themselves for surrender. But the army men posted there just quizzed them and later pushed them back citing the reason that they had not chosen the designated route under the rehabilitation policy. Javed is a resident of Hari Marhote in Surankote tehsil of Poonch district. He was a former militant and has married Tabassum in 2006. The militant, according to news reports wanted to return home at any cost citing worst condition of the former militants at Mang Bajri Muhajir Camp in PaK. Ironically the Rehabilitation Policy approved by state cabinet vide its decision No.32-3 dated 31.01.2004 and notified by state home department vide order no Home-55-H of 2004. dated: 31.01-2004 the places and authorities authorized for accepting the surrenders include : • Operational Units of Army-BSF-CRPF-ITBP throughout the State. • Zonal Inspectors General of Police • Range Dy. Inspectors General of Police • District Magistrates and District Superintendents of Police or Superintendent of Police, CID There is no mention of any designated route. The policy has also specified two categories of “Known Militants who surrender with weapons and hardcore militants even without weapons”. Sources told Rising Kashmir that Ministry of Home Affairs has expressed surprise over the Army action stating that there is nothing like a designated route. “We are not aware of any such rule where under any such person wishing to return will have to follow a designated route” a top official in MHA told this reporter. He said the rehabilitation policy is for any such youth, who wants to shun the violence and live a dignified life. “Once someone enters into Indian territory, he should be handed over to local police for further action under rules. There is no need to push him back if he is permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Sources said so far four attempts have been made by separate militants on the LoC in Poonch district to return to their homes but Army has not allowed them on the ground that they could come back only through four designated routes under the Rehabilitation Policy.