MILITANT REHAB POLICY: 1171 applications received; 277 return via Nepal

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Srinagar: The state government today said it has received 1171 applications so far on behalf of those Kashmiri youth who are willing to return from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) under its return and rehabilitation policy.

In a written response to a question posed by PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, the government said out of 1171 cases 12 have been recommended to the government of India, minister of home affairs for further necessary action. “386 cases are under examination in the home department. Applications of 24 individuals submitted by their relatives could not be considered further by the high level committee under the policy as these individuals have returned via Nepal which is not a recognized route under the policy,” the government reply reads.

The rest of the applications, the government has said are being scrutinized and verified by the intelligence agencies. 

It may also be mentioned that 277 individuals 140 with wives and 438 children have returned via Nepal, which is not an approved route under the policy framed and adopted in 2010.

The government has further said that besides five ladies who had exflitrated earlier have returned along with 10 children. “Their cases are being dealt with in accordance with law. However, due to some inexplicable reasons, no individual has returned from PAK to the state through the routes identified under the policy so far, therefore, the benefit of the policy could not be extended to any of the individuals.”

Pertinently, Mehbooba had asked about the number of youth who have returned from PAK under the rehabilitation policy and the details of financial aid etc. provided for rehabilitation after their return to the state indicating also the number of youth having gone back to PAK.

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