Two men and their along with their families who have been “given clearance” to return under the rehabilitation policy are not being permitted to cross Nepal border and return home.
The relatives of the families have appealed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her intervention in the matter to swiftly facilitate their return. Muhammad Sohail Bhat of Hushroo, Budgam, and his family of five are being denied entry into India since 25th of this month.
“The family has got clearance from the state police. Since May 25, they are stuck at Nepal border as police at the border is not permitting them to enter into India,” Inayat Ahmad, the nephew of Bhat told said. He said that Bhat has in 1990s crossed over to Pakistan for arms training, and when rehabilitation policy for return of militants was announced, he wanted to come back and live normal life.
“They applied for relevant documents for return. They have sold their belongings in Islamabad, where they lived, and reached Nepal on May 25. Their visas are expiring on June 4, and the Nepal authorities will deport them to Pakistan,” he said.
He said besides Bhat, his wife and four children including two daughters Iram Sohail, Tayyaba Sohail and two sons, Muhammad Wasiq and other are waiting for the permission. “They have no food, shelter at the border. Their cash has been seized by the authorities there,” he claimed.
Similarly, Ghulam Muhammad Mir and his family of six, is also awaiting permission at Nepal border to return his home in Kupwara. Along with Mir are his wife Zubiada Malik, daughters Sehar Mir, Aleena Mir, Taiba Mir, sons Ubiad ur Rehman and Abdullah Mir.
“They too are stuck at the border,” Inayat said, adding that Seema Sashastra Bal is denying them entry into India. He said that the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in the ongoing Budget Session has assured that her government will focus on the rehabilitation of militants who crossed the Line of Control for arms training and are now willing to resume their normal lives.
“Once they return to the state, they are being treated as illegal citizens. We are committed to give them their rights and restore their dignity and honour,” Mehbooba Mufti said in the ongoing Budget session.
Announced in 2010 during NC-Congress rule the rehabilitation policy was an amnesty for those militants who had crossed over to Pakistan for arms in early ’90s and wanted to surrender and resume their normal life in the state.