4000 Kashmir Youth In PaK, Pakistan: Govt

6 April 2015
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government Monday informed the Legislative Council that 4000 Kashmir youth who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) for arms training are putting up in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and Pakistan. In written reply to a question submitted by Bashir Ahmad Veeri of National Conference, the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who is also minister in-charge Home, disclosed that 4,000 persons who crossed the LOC for arms training are presently in PaK and Pakistan. The CM also revealed that 453 persons have returned to the State after the Union Home Ministry notified the policy for their return in 2010. He also informed that all of them have come via Nepal-the route not approved under the policy. In 2010, the government had formulated rehabilitation policy for bringing back the youth, who had gone to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PoK) for arms training from the State but wanted to come back. The government identified four routes for return of such youth-Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch district, Salamabad in Baramulla district, Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and Wagah-Attari in Punjab. Replying to questions of the legislator on implementation of recommendations made by five Working Groups constituted by UPA-II, Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Abdur Rehman Veeri admitted they have been partly implemented. 'While some of the recommendations have been implemented, some of them are liked with improvement of relations with Pakistan. The more the progress in relations with Pakistan, the more the forward movement in this direction,' he said. On rehabilitation of youth who have returned, the Minister evaded a direct reply. 'The first step of their rehabilitation was their return,' he said.