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Govt giving final touches to rehabilitation policy: J&K CM

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 23:34

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said his government was giving "final
touches" to the policy aimed at rehabilitating youths who had
crossed over to PoK but were not involved in militancy and now
wanted to return to the state.

"We are giving final touches to the draft policy for
rehabilitation of youths," he said and thanked Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram for recognising the need for such a
course of action.
Taking potshots at Opposition PDP on the issue, Abdullah
alleged it did not oppose a similar policy tabled by CPI(M)
MLA M Y Tarigami in the Legislative Assembly during its rule.

He reiterated his government`s commitment to uphold
human rights at all costs and cited the handing over of BSF
personnel accused of killing a teenager to the state police
for investigation.
"This shows our government`s firm commitment to uphold
human rights and pursue a policy of zero tolerance against
their violation under any circumstances," he told a public
meeting at Devsar, 80-km from here.

Zahid Farooq, aged 16, was killed allegedly by the BSF
near his house at Brein locality on the banks of Dal Lake on
February five.


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 23:34
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