Omar bats for grant of passports to militants` kin

Batting for grant of passports to the kin of militants in J&K, CM Omar Abdullah said that when separatist leaders like Syed Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq are allowed to go abroad then why not the relatives of militants.

Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 19:44 PM IST

Jammu: Batting for grant of passports to the
kin of militants in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah said that when separatist leaders like Syed Ali
Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq are allowed to go abroad
then why not the relatives of militants.

"When separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq can get passport to visit outside the
country, why not the kin of militants," Omar told the
Legislative Council while winding up a debate on the motion of
thanks on the Governor`s address on Saturday evening.

"I have told CID officials to facilitate grant of the
passports to the kin of militants," Omar said, adding, "I am
categorical on the issue that nobody should suffer for the
actions of others."

"I have asked the CID department not to punish any for
the misdeeds done by their relatives," he said.

On revocation of AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act (DAA),
the Chief Minister said that he has constituted two Committees
to look into the subject.

"I am in favour of removing those areas from the ambit
of DAA where the situation has improved and there is no
requirement of AFSPA. If situation remains peaceful the
Government will remove many areas out of DAA list this year,"
he said.

Omar further said 40 bunkers have been removed from
Srinagar besides reducing the number of two battalions of
CRPF.

"We are also working for reducing the number of Army
personnel from the civil areas," he said, adding that if the
militancy remained under control, there will be withdrawal of
DAA and AFSPA from various parts of state this year.

On the issue of arrests of youths, Omar Abdullah said
that the main opposition party has made it a trait to make
false statements both in the House and outside.

"During the summer unrest, 4,064 persons had been
arrested for stone pelting and other law and order disturbing
actions. Of these, 3,900 have been released and they are free
doing their business," he said.

PTI