Spouses, Children Of Ultras To Be Treated As Pak Citizens27 December 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: The State Government has decided that spouses and children of all militants from Jammu and Kashmir, who decide to return to the State adopting recently announced ‘Rehabilitation Policy’, will be treated as ‘foreign nationals’ unless they are granted citizenship rights by the Union Government. 'Normal visa rules will apply to the spouses and children of the militants, who return from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) or Pakistan after giving up the gun culture, to lead a normal life back home under the guidelines prepared by the State and approved by the Union Home Ministry in the just framed Rehabilitation Policy’’, official sources said. Data prepared by the State Government with the help of Intelligence agencies and Police Department revealed that there could be at least 3000 militants and youth from Jammu and Kashmir, mostly from the Valley, who were held up in Pakistan and PoK after their arms training and other activities across the border. A number of them have, however, shunned militancy, married the local girls in Pakistan and PoK and were working in shops, dhabas, hotels etc to run their livelihood. As per reports, there could be 300 to 350 militants, who had married Pakistani or PoK girls and had children from them. Sources said if the married militants returned from Pakistan and PoK along with their spouses and children, they will be allowed to come back but their wives and children would be treated as Pakistani citizens under the normal visa rules. 'They (the spouses and children of militants) will fall under normal visa rules and will be given upper time limit for stay unless they are granted Indian citizenship for which they will have to apply under normal existing rules for the citizenship rights’’, sources said. In case, they added, the Central Government refused to grant citizenship rights to the spouses and children of the militants, they could face return to Pakistan or PoK after the expiry of their period under the visa limit, they added. The Intelligence agencies have reports that a number of youths from Jammu and Kashmir, who had gone to Pakistan and PoK for arms training during past two decades but didn’t return, have married the local girls there and had children from them. These youth, though settled in Pakistan and PoK doing small business or working with small businessmen, had an urge to return home with their family members. Few months’ back, two militants had taken aerial route from Pakistan to reach Nepal and then traveled by bus and train to Jammu along with their two children but leaving behind their spouses in Pakistan. Though some agencies claimed that number of missing youths in J&K was nearly 10,000, the credible inputs with police and Intelligence agencies indicated that there could be a maximum of 3000 youth-cum-militants held up in Pakistan and PoK. While majority of them were in the training camps of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits, it was only a small number, who had managed to run away from the camps and settled in business after marrying the local girls, sources said. However, they made it clear that the youth were welcome to return home from the points fixed for them including Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch and Chakoti in Uri under the Rehabilitation Policy of the State Government but they will have to follow the guidelines prescribed in the policy. So far, sources said, no youth had come forward to cross the border and surrender under the Rehabilitation Policy. This was probably due to the fact that Pakistan’s Intelligence agencies have been keeping J&K militants under strict surveillance in the training camps and other places to ensure that they didn’t manage to reach to the border to surrender under the new policy. 'Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) will never allow the J&K youth and militants to reach to the points fixed for their surrender under the Rehabilitation Policy. The youth will have to make extra ordinary efforts to dodge Pakistan’s security and Intelligence agencies to reach to the points of surrender’’, sources said.