Everyone knows that Pakistan is the place where terrorists receive training. But how many have received it was not yet official.
According to reports, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti put down the exact number of terrorists who have crossed over from Kashmir to receive training in Pakistan. She stated the figure in her written response to a question in the Legislative Assembly.
According to the state government, 4,587 Kashmiri youth crossed over to Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir between 1990 and 2014.
The figure does not include foreign terrorists (of Pakistani origin) such as the likes of Ajmal Kasab.
On a positive note, the report reveals that militancy has come down drastically from 6800 militants in in the state in 1996 to 145 – of which 54 are foreigners – in 2016. The 2016 figure is lower than the 240 and 199 in January 2013 and 2014 respectively.
At the same time Inspector General of Police, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani, said that the recruitment of local boys had increased in 2015.
The state government said that 489 youth, who have had a change of heart, have returned through Nepal in last 13 years along with their families as part of the government’s rehabilitation policy.
Only those who crossed over between 1st January, 1989 and 31st December, 2009 and their dependants are eligible for consideration under the policy.
“A total of 489 youth along with their wives and children have returned from PoK and Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir via Nepal from 2003 to 22 May, 2016. And 15 youth have returned via Nepal since January 2015,” the home department headed by Mufti said in the Legislative Assembly.
But the problem is that Nepal is not one of the four routes recognised by the government for the return and rehabilitation of militants who crossed over to Pakistan or PoK but have undergone a change of heart.
The recognised routes are Wagah, Attari, Salamabad or Chakan-da-Bagh crossings on the Line of Control (LoC) and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
“We have recently forwarded recommendations to the Ministry of Home Affairs on inclusion of Nepal route as an additional entry point,” the Government said.
Around 5,504 security forces personnel lost their lives in the war against terror in the same period.