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Policy for return of militants from POK in final process: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said rehabilitation policy to facilitate return of militants from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is in the final process of submission to the centre.



Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah today said rehabilitation policy to facilitate return
of militants from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is in the
final process of submission to the centre.

"The rehabilitation process is being fine-tuned and is in
final phase as most formalities have been completed," he told
reporters after inaugurating an ex-servicemen rally organised
at Nagrota.

" Now the focus is on identifying the crossing points
along Line of Control (LOC)," he added.
"We will endeavor to have as fool-proof a policy as it is
possible to have," he said.

However, he said it is not possible to get an accurate
assessment of the number of militants set to return to their
homes from across LoC.

"It will vary depending on whom you talk to...I do not
think policy requires to identify the numbers, but what it
requires is safeguards," he said.

"We will ensure maximum safeguards are in the policy so
that it is not open to abuse," he added.

When asked about a possible increase in the number of
militants returning to the state via the LoC after
announcement of the rehabilitation policy, Omar said "it is
important that you understand that nobody will come across on
a policy that has not been (officially) announced so far."

Omar said that in the past several years, militants and
their families have come to the LoC and surrendered to the
army at their posts.

"We want to channelise them, give them cleaner, safer
and secure environment for rehabilitation and maintain
vigilance check of them," he said adding there is an idea that
the policy have a single-window system whereby people who come
back and get rehabilitation are kept under watch.

PTI

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