CPI (M) State unit has expressed serious concern over the plight of youth and their families who returned to their homes in valley from Pakistan Administered Kashmir under Return and Rehabilitation policy.
Secretary CPI (M) Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has send a letter to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inviting his attention towards this grave issue, “which if not addressed in time, can have serious ramifications.”
Reminding Omar Abdullah of his commitment about the Rehabilitation Policy, Targami in his letter reads, “You (Omar Abdullah) told a gathering at Delina Baramulla that your government’s rehabilitation policy for the youth stuck in ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’ was aimed at ‘soothing their wounds and providing them an opportunity to return.’ You added, and I quote from the newspapers: ‘Government in real sense soothed the wounds by delisting the families of militants from the black list and provided them opportunity of return (from PAK under the rehabilitation policy) to those who had not resorted to violence and guns.’ ”
Tarigami in his letter has complained that the woes of families returning from PAK under the amnesty policy have so far remained unheeded. “The tragic suicide by Saira, one of beneficiaries of this policy demonstrates this beyond a shadow of doubt. Most of the women who have accompanied their husbands after being married to them in PAK have returned along with their small children. The returnees have repeatedly complained of harassment by security agencies including police, no livelihood, and no school admissions for their children. Despite their repeated complaints and media reports highlighting their innumerable problems that they have been virtually pushed to the wall, the government seems not doing enough to fulfill its commitment.”