J&K clears surrender policy for youths returning from Pak, PoK

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    Indian state launches 'militant rehabilitation' policy

    By Binoo Joshi
    22 November 2010, BBC News, Jammu


    The government in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has given formal approval to a rehabilitation policy for militants.

    It is the first time that that such a policy has been introduced for militants who have allegedly trained in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

    The state government says militants must "eschew arms and violence" if they want to take advantage of the scheme.

    They must also "accept the integrity of India" and its constitution.

    There has been no reaction from Pakistan or the government of Pakistani-administered Kashmir to the announcement.

    Thousands of people have joined the Kashmir insurgency since it began 20 years ago.

    Officials say the new scheme is different from previous initiatives because it is specifically targeted towards militants who have been or who are based in Pakistan.

    It is geared towards those who have crossed from Indian-administered Kashmir into Pakistani-administered Kashmir to get arms training so that they can join militant groups fighting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.

    The scheme currently in place - launched in 2004 - offers rehabilitation and monetary incentives only for "local militants".

    "The new scheme is only open for those who are willing to [solemnly renounce] violence and the gun," a senior cabinet minister told the BBC.

    He added that the process of screening such people would be "very strict" and would involve various security and intelligence agencies.

    "We have to be sure that only genuine people make use of [it]," the minister said.

    There is no exact estimate provided by India as to how many people are currently receiving training on the Pakistani side, but security agencies reckon it is about 3,000 people.

    Pakistan has consistently denied that it provides any assistance to militants fighting in Indian-administered Kashmir.

    Indian Home Minister Mr P Chidambram has backed the idea, but the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it was a "dangerous step and a big security risk" which they would "fight tooth and nail".

    Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11814562
     
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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article905840.ece

    The much-talked about surrender policy for youths who had exfiltrated from Jammu and Kashmir between 1989 and 2009 for arms training and have a change of heart now was cleared on Monday by the State Cabinet.

    Under the policy, youths who had crossed over to Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) will be eligible for the scheme.

    The policy had received nod from by Union Home Ministry too after consultation with the Army and central security agencies, official sources said.

    Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was of the view that once the policy comes into effect, new channel would be opened up enabling these youths to resume their normal life after proper precautions were taken.

    “What is proposed is that for those who are desirous of returning without arms and resuming some form of normal life, we will open channels for them so that they can be able to come back,” Mr. Abdullah had said.

    Under the policy, parents of the youths who had crossed over to Pakistan or PoK can approach the Superintendent of Police of their district certifying that their child wanted to return and live a normal life.

    The policy, which was discussed threadbare with the Union Home Ministry, is expected to put an end to illegal entry of such youths who were entering India through Nepal, Bangladesh or the Wagah border post using fake documents.

    These parents will receive orders from the SP only after the case was scrutinised by the State CID in consultation with the central security agencies, the sources said.

    Under the policy, the youth will be kept in a camp where they would be monitored and imparted training so that they could earn their livelihood, the sources said. In the meantime, if someone arrived with their wife and children, they would also be provided with emergency certificates.

    “There will be a cooling off period, some counselling, rehabilitation and certain amount of interface between the security forces and them to be assured that they are not being planted and they are actually people who are coming back for resumption of normal life. That is the broad parameters of the policy,” a senior official said.

    Asked what could be the number of such people, the official said “the numbers run into thousands but I am not, even for a moment, suggesting that all are going to come knocking on our door on the first day. It may really be a very small trickle that seeks to take advantage of this but the fact is that people are coming.”
     
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    Cabinet approves Rehabilitation Policy GreaterKashmir.com

    Jammu, Nov 22: Jammu and Kashmir government Monday approved the much awaited `Rehabilitation Policy’ paving way for the return of youth who had crossed over to Pakistan administered Kashmir with the eruption on turmoil in the Valley.
    Well placed sources in the ruling alliance told Greater Kashmir that the state cabinet, which met here for the first time after shifting of Durbar to the winter capital, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah gave the final nod to the policy, drafted by state and approved by the Union Home Ministry.
    The Chief Minister was of the view that once the policy comes into effect, new channel would be opened up enabling these youths to resume their normal life after proper precautions were taken.
    “What is proposed is that for those who are desirous of returning without arms and resuming some form of normal life, we will open channels for them so that they can be able to come back,” Omar had said.
    National Conference reportedly had a smooth sailing in approving the policy despite reservations from the Congress ministers, who had sought some more time in view of the ensuing elections for Panchayats and urban local bodies.
    The cabinet decision will now be followed with the constitution of a high-level committee to be headed by Commissioner/Secretary Home, which will be the final authority to clear the cases under the policy.
    As per the policy, youth who had crossed over to Pakistan and PaK will be brought under the ambit of the scheme. The policy had received nod from by the Union Home Ministry also after consultation with the Army and central security agencies, official sources said.
    The pre-requisite for getting benefit of the policy would, however, be `change of heart’, one of the cabinet ministers, present in the meeting said. He added that the policy will only for those who want to shun the path of violence and return to the mainstream.
    Under the policy, parents of the youth who had crossed over to Pakistan or PaK can approach the Superintendent of Police of their district certifying that their ward wanted to return and live a normal life.
    The parents will receive orders from the SP only after the case is scrutinized by all the intelligence agencies operating in the state, the sources said. The case will also be forwarded to the high level committee to be constituted in this regard by the government for final approval; sources said adding that the committee will scrutinize cases which receive clearance from the intelligence agencies.
    Such youth will be kept in a camp where they would be monitored and imparted counselling so that they could earn their livelihood, the sources said. In the meantime, if someone arrived with their wife and children, they would also be provided with emergency certificate.
    For those youth, who do not have any relation, the surrender application can be filed before the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. Government is also contemplating to provide online information and application form under the policy.
    The policy, which was discussed threadbare with Union Home Ministry, is expected to put an end to illegal entry of such youths who were entering India through Nepal, Bangladesh or Wagah border using fake documents and coming to Kashmir, sources said.
    Government has selected four entry points – Poonch-Rawalakote (Poonch), Uri-Muzaffarabad (Uri), Wagah (Punjab) and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi from where the youth, given clearance, can enter the state.
    “They will be arrested on the entry point and brought to Counselling Centres”, a senior government officer said adding that such youth, who have cases pending against them in any police station, will be tried before the court of law.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Surrender application to be filed before SP, Indian High Commission in Islamabad

    * Online application form to be made available

    * Applications to be scrutinized by intelligence agencies

    * Four entry points identified for return

    * Returnee youth to be kept in Counselling Centre for 3 months

    * Youth to be tried for cases pending against them
     
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    Terrorism will become a premium occupation. More and more terrorists will surrender, but there will be more and more terrorism.

    Surrender of govt policy.
     
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    Haha. Tried? why would he surrender? Oh yes. He can. After all Geelanis and Arundhati Roys are very much there.

    Love to see a single trial. But there would be "surrenders" galore.
     
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    This overall I think is a good initiative by the GoI. Welcome those who surrender and then rehabilitate them. Let them also be a part of our economic success, and they will know what it is like to live on the other side of the border. Having said that, there should be strong measures to check if those surrendered terrorists are indulging in any anti-India activities.
     
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    Lets see who is really benefited by this lopsided policies of Indian government-Its those two faced Hurriyat-RATS separatists families.Who milk both India and pakistan for their bloody politics.


    Geelani's son back home from Pakistan


    In what can be seen as an indication of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani's increasing distance with Islamabad, his elder son has returned home from Pakistan after 12 years.

    Naeem Geelani, a doctor by profession, joined his father and other family members a day before Eid. Along with his wife and two children, Mr. Naeem had been living in Pakistan for nearly 10 years. He suffered a massive heart attack in 2009 and was operated upon in Islamabad.

    Ostensibly under threat from militant groups inimical to his father's Jamat-e-Islami and the pro-government militants commonly known as Ikhwanis, he left Kashmir in 1999. According to Mr. Naeem, who prefers to stay away from politics, he had been beaten up by Ikhwanis at least three times in Sopore, Hazratbal and Soura. “I was under constant threat and had no option but to leave,” he told The Hindu.

    His first destination was London, where he wanted to specialise in medicine, but could not do that for “various reasons.” He later visited Dubai and tried his luck there but failed to enter any reputed medical school. Pakistan, according to him, was the “last option.” Armed with his father's strong pro-Pakistan ideology, he entered the country and joined the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences to pursue MD.

    Holding an Indian passport, Mr. Naeem visited home in 2002 when his young sister passed away. He later visited Delhi and Mumbai in 2007 to see his ailing father, who was being treated for malignancy in kidney. His passport, reliable sources said, had expired and it was not renewed by the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. However, they granted him a “travel document” to land in India after they were convinced that he was returning home for good.

    Sources close to the family said Mr. Naeem's decision to return came after his heart attack. Moreover, his father's increasing differences with the Pakistani government meant he “no longer wanted” Islamabad to blackmail him politically. During his recent visit to Delhi, Mr. Geelani refused to go to the Pakistani High Commission forcing a senior diplomat to gatecrash at his Malviya Nagar residence.

    Even as there were rumours that Mr. Naeem may don a political role, he categorically denied that. Sources close to the family said he intended to return to his government job at the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. Asked about his future plans, Mr. Naeem said: “I want to sit at home, that is all I know.”
     
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    what is he a doctor or has job in J&K high court . i see it differently his father is aging and may be want to pass his job to son (as is case in asia except for china)
     
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    Ah Indian economic success, reminds me of something broadly in the same context. The recent occasions of leaders from POK urging GOI to actively involve in Gilgit Baltistan issues and help them get out of Pakistani clutches, are infact an indication of their increasingly desparate aspirations to join the Indian union. Everyone salutes the rising Sun, nothing haughty in saying that and I guess these guys have realized it pretty well. Besides, there are only a few lunatics in this world right now who think they have a better future with Pakistan. These aren't the times where common people used to be infuraited to clashes of culture, race and values. The people of these times don't ask their rulers to fight. They ask them to bring development, prosperity, global reputation to the grass roots level. Don't know about others but I myself have felt the difference in the intensity with which people pursue various issues. They used to war talk about destroying Pakistan, taking rest of J & K, communal tensions and now the notion is "forget Pakistan, lets worry about how we're gonna reach the top .. there's a lot of improvement required in infrastructure, education bla bla ... "
    Another incident which re-inforced it to me was the Babri Masjid verdict. Despite of the Indian media's stupid attempts to create frenzy, all was well across this huge country of above a billion. Nothing happened. Yes, people have moved on.
    No surprise then that they're murmuring in POK about aligning in the Indian lines now .. who won't. But will it happen? .... :) ... :emot0:

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    It is a risk taken.

    If it works, it will be a good move.

    It has worked earlier and we had the Ikhwanis, who did a good job, till they stated acting as extortionists!


    Remember what the Mirwaiz said in Kolkata - we are not interested in economic success etc.We are only interested in Azadi!

    It is important that these paid agents of Pakistan are exposed as the clown that they are and so one has to do everything and take risks too, to isolate these otherwise irrelevant Hurriyat punks!

    Let us see who has the Last Hurrah!
     
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    I thought he was studying to be a Vet!

    Well, Pakistan maybe the right place to switch streams!
     
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    In Hindi they say "Do dhaari talwaar". It can prove to be a masterstroke or it could be an opportunity of those scums to come back and create a mess again.

    But i am inclined to go for the move. If the people coming back are properly screened and then set up as a model example and we tom tom it, it would really make the people left behind to start thinking ""well what the hell are we doing here. Lets go there!!!"" Or better still, MERGE PoK into INDIA!!!
     
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    You are right. Two edged sword.

    However, being an exile can have a great stress on the individual and as they grow old, the fire of youth dies!

    When they return if they are given the opportunity to settle down into constructive work like small businesses, organising orchards for profit, canning, sericulture, carpet factories, horse breeding, environmental enhancement, tourism etc, things can work out.

    Kashmiris are not too hard working and so someone is to ensure that they hang around long enough in what they are doing so that it works out and they acquire the hunger to win!

    They only thing is that the Kashmir Govt is equally easy going.

    The biggest problem in Kashmir is CORRUPTION! If this can be curbed, then justice will follow and when Justice follows, anguish and anger abates!

    There is no Administration worth its name in Kashmir.

    In fact, many at time, it was the Army that worked to bring some sort of semblance of Just Administration, even though it is not their job!

    Op Sadbhavana is a success because the Army brought progress to the villages and the population there!
     

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