Intelligence agencies oppose safe passage to Kashmiri youths
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  • Daily Excelsior has reported that intelligence agencies have opposed on ‘security grounds’the proposal to provide safe passage to nearly 3500 Kashmiri youths, held up in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). It may be noted that that PDP, National Conference and CPM besides some separatist organisations have been supporting the demand for providing safe passage. Some human rights activists, however, put their number at about 10,000. They have reportedly undergone arms training in camps run by Pakistan the Army, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and some other smaller outfits. "There is no guarantee that after their return these youths will not be exploited by the militant outfits after allowing them to lie low for few months," the Intelligence agencies have said, pointing out that there have been a number of instances where surrendered militants after availing all benefits, or even joining Government service, have rejoined militant groups or were found working for militants as ‘Over Ground Workers’. Intelligence agencies have cautioned that safe passage would give a boost to militancy, which has clearly been on the decline during the last three to four years1.