Assembly: 1292 Families Migrated to PaK since 1990, reveals Government

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir Government, for the first time, revealed that a total of 1292 families migrated to Pakistan administered Kashmir since early 1990s.

In a written response to MLA Langate, Engineer Rasheed, the Home Department said that though there was no proposal with Revenue Department to get these families back, however, there is a policy for return of militants who have shunned armed path.

The details suggest that Kupwara tops the list wherefrom families have crossed LoC. 534 families have crossed over to other Kashmir from the North Kashmir district, while 255 such families belong to Baramulla. Baramulla and Kupwara border the other Kashmir.

376 families belong to Poonch who have crossed to PaK while one each family from Srinagar, Shopian and Budgam left Kashmir in 1990s.

More so, 99 from Bandipora; 11 from Pulwama; 03 from Ganderbal; 02 from Islamabad and 09 from Rajouri have crossed to “Azad” Kashmir since 1990s.

The reply said that Government vide order number: Home-1376 (ISA) of 2010 dated 23:11:2010 notified policy and Procedure for ‘Return and Rehabilitation of Militants’, aims at return of “misguided youth” to their respective homes who have crossed over to PaK for arms training between 01/01/1989 and 31/12/2009.

The government has notified four routes for their return viz Wagah/Attari border, Salamabad/Chakkan-dabagh, JCP and IGI Airport New Delhi. However, the reply added that such youth have been returning home via Nepal which is not an authorized route.

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