21 surrender after return from PoK
23 December 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Two more families of ultra, consisting of 13 members, and eight other trained militants, surrendered before the army in Kupwara district after their return from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). We were leading a painful life in the camps set up across the border in the PoK, the militants said after their surrender. They said the militants from other countries and different cities of Pakistan were torturing the Kashmiri youths mentally and physically. The Kashmiri youths, still in these camps, were being suspected as ' Mukhbirs' (Indian informers) by these militants, said Sageer Ahmad who surrendered along with his wife, four sons and a daughter. Sageer said he and other Kashmiri youths were taken to PoK for arms training by different militant organisations after threatening their families. Initially everything was normal in the camps, where militants were being given arms training. However, after Kashmiri youths surrendered themselves, things started changing, he said. 'We were not being fed properly and often abushed by the organisers of the camps,' he said. Sageer said several Kashmiri youths married to girls of PoK after they found it almost impossible to return back to their homes here. 'Our repeated pleas to allow us to cross over to Kashmir valley was turned down by the leaders, who live lavish lives with facilities for them and their family members, the surrendered ultras said. The militants further said 'after a long wait, we finally got contact with the defence authorities here through our family members in Valley and after getting a green signal from here, we crossed over to this side from PoK in this sector and surrendered before the army.' Bashir Ahmad, his wife, three daughters and one son were also among the members of the group who laid down their arms. Eight other militants also surrendered on this occasion. We want to live a normal life as we are fed up with the violence, they said adding we were also feeling home sick there. They said a large number of Kashmiri youths in different camps wanted to return back here and lead a normal life. The surrendered militants said training camps across the border are still intact and youths from different countries and cities of Pakistan are given arms training. However, they said recruitment of Kashmiri youths in militant outfits has come down as they (outfits) find it difficult to get youths from the Valley. Brigadier Manjit Singh who was present on the occasion of surrender said those who surrender will be given all assistance to lead a honourable and peaceful life. They will be provided all benefits as per the surrender policy of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, he said. Brigadier Singh said it was a welcome trend as more militants wanted to join the national mainstream as they realised that the 17 year long violence had brought only death and destruction. He said feelers from other militants, still in PoK, are also approaching the army and other security force agencies that they too wanted to surrender. Superintending Police Handwara, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that this group was carried to Nowgam where a home-coming function was organised for them, today, which was attended by around 500 local people who lauded the efforts of police and Army. He revealed that among the surrendered persons, the first one had crossed LoC in 1991 and the last one to go had crossed over in 2001. Among the children the oldest one is eight years old while as the youngest one is of six months. He disclosed that utmost care was being taken, so that no harm is done to these people. The disarmed militants have been identified as Mohammed Shameem Sofi S-o Bashir Ahmed Sofi R-o Pattan, Ghulam Nabi Bhat S-o Ghulam Mohammed Bhat R-o Goripora Bomai Sopore, Gulzar Ahmed Peer S-o Mohammed Abdullah R-o Gund Machar Sogam, Gulab-ud-Din S-o Late Mohammed Din Sheikh R-o Jabla Uri, Mohammed Sageer S-o Late Ahsam Din R-o Gohlan Uri, Bashir Ahmed S-o Mohammed Yameen R-o Singtoon Hall Jabla Uri and Monga Shiekh S-o Mohammed Sharief R-o Deni Tangdar. While as the ladies and children have been identified as Shaheena Akhter W-o Mohammed Sageer R-o Gohlan Uri and their five children namely Naveed (10), Mujahid (8), Hamza (6), Yasir (4), Abu Musa 5 months and Shaheena Akhter W-o Bashir Ahmed R-O Pattan and their four children namely Zaheeena Akhter (10), Shakeela (8), Kouser (4), and Aali Bashir 10 months. Four AK 56 rifles, four Magazines, Forty rounds of ammunition, three pistols and magazines with 15 rounds of ammunition, one wireless set, one mobile with Pakistani SIM, three ID Cards and one driving license.