Former Cop Who Went Over To POK Returns, Refuses To Go Back
27 September 2005
Akhnoor: A former policeman from Jammu and Kashmir who resigned from service and crossed over to POK in 1978 has returned, saying he would 'prefer death than returning to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir'. 'I will prefer death than return to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,' remarked Shabir Hussain, who returned to the state after spending 27 years as a migrant in POK. 'I have returned to my own country. I am ready to face action by the government but will not go back even if pushed back,' Hussain told PTI today. Hussain, his wife, four daughters and three sons were intercepted at Dharana-Mendhar in Poonch in the wee hours of Monday while crossing the the LOC, army sources said, adding they have been brought to Akhnoor for detailed interrogation. The former policeman, who had relatives living across the LOC and married his cousin, also from his village in the state in 1985 after crossing over, said he came back as he faced a 'a disgraceful life of threats and repeated harassment by militants and Pakistani agencies'. 'Militants, especially those belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and Pakistani agencies were pressing me to guide militants across the LOC. When I refused they started harassing me and my family members,' Hussain (49) claimed. He served as a constable in the 5th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Police for few years and had resigned from police in 1976, handing over his kit to the concerned officer at Batmaloo in Srinagar. Thereafter, he went to his village Dharana near Mendhar and crossed over to POK.