Mehbooba Mufti asks Centre to modify militant repatriation policy

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti demand to modify the militant repatriation policy by increasing the entry points and ensure rehabilitation of all Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) based militants wanting to return back and join the mainstream has put the Centre in a bind.

Sources in the union home ministry said as there are security implications to Mehbooba’s demand it has been referred by union home minister Rajnath Singh to the security agencies, especially the Intelligence Bureau, for a comprehensive review.

Though formally the government recognises IGI international airport, Wagah-Attari border, Uri and Muzaffarabad as the four valid entry points for POK based militants, there is hardly any movement from these places for obvious difficulties from Pakistan side and most surrendering militants have returned via informal Nepal route.

However, lately the Nepal route has also come under the scrutiny of Pakistan’s and its espionage agency ISI is keeping a close watch on it. Moreover, return of militants has also come to a trickle because of raw deal handed over to many surrendered militants, sources said.

Flagging the issue of increasing attacks on women, allegedly by the security troops as well as the militants in the Valley, Mehbooba proposed to raise two all women police battalions in the state with full funding support from the Centre.

She also apprised Rajnath Singh about the first decision she took was after becoming chief minister was to raise four all women police stations in the state and creation of 208 posts for the same.

Presently two women police stations are functional in the state at Srinagar and Jammu besides four women cells at Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri and Udhampur.

Rajnath Singh understood to have appreciated the proposal and promised to look into her demand of funds for raising the woman battalion in the state where the incidents of kidnapping, rape, assault or murder are not unheard of.

During her first visit to Delhi, Mehbooba also held key meeting with external affairs Sushma Swaraj in which she discussed measures required for broadening the scope of cross-LoC trade and travel in J&K. Cross LoC trade that was scheduled to be increased between POK and J&K has suffered because of the ongoing frigid relations.

Mehbooba has proposed opening of new routes across the LoC for better connectivity, which she said will take people-to-people contact beyond the ritual of meetings between divided families.

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