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No proposal to facilitate return of youth across LoC: J&K

September 28, 2005 23:43 IST
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The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday said it has no proposal to take up with the Centre the facilitation of the return of youth who have crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control during years of insurgency in the Valley.

The Jammu and Kashmir government said this in a written reply to a private member's resolution moved by Communist Party of India-Marxist legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami. However, the matter will be taken up at an appropriate time, it said.

"Surrenders without incentives will also be considered in cases of youth who went across for arms training, but want to return and join the mainstream and against whom there were no heinous offence(s) in consultation with the Centre," it said.

Speaking in support of his resolution, Tarigami said, "I hope the entire house will support it as it is a humanitarian issue concerning our own children."

Tarigami asked the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre to take an initiative of bringing the youth back while appealing to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to facilitate their return.

The government said confidence building measures between India and Pakistan have brought an overall "positive change" in the mindset of the people.

The major success of CBMs was that divided families have reunited through the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, Minister of State for Home Abdul Rehman Veeri said.

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