Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Monday said the government has received nearly
700 applications from local militants in Pakistan occupied
Kashmir who want to renounce violence and join the mainstream.
"The response to the rehabilitation policy (for militants
in PoK) has been better than expected. We have received 600 to
700 applications," Omar told reporters here.
Out of the total applications received, 125 have been
cleared by authorities for the militants to return to the
state, he said.
"The information will be passed to their (militants`)
families now on how they can come back," Omar said.
The Centre had last year approved the rehabilitation
policy formed by the Omar-led government for return of the
youth who had gone for arms training to PoK but wanted to
renounce violence and return home.
An estimated 1,300 youths from various parts of the
state are in PoK and most of them have expressed their desire