Thursday, February 11, 2010

India offers amnesty to Kashmiri militants in Pakistan (Roundup)

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    • In a major confidence building measure for Jammu and Kashmir, the government Thursday said it has accepted granting amnesty to Kashmiri militants in Pakistan who want to surrender and return home.

      The decision, which comes days after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah proposed the idea at a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, brought cheer to hundreds of families in the troubled state whose sons left for Pakistani Kashmir many years ago for arms training and are keen to return.

    • "It's a surrender to the militants. This would open the floodgates for terrorists," said Ashok Khajuria, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator.

      Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) state president Rama Kant Dubey said: "He (Chidambaram) is looking after the interests of terrorists, is he the home minister of India?" He alleged that from the day the Abdullah government took office it had been predisposed towards the militants.

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