Is there any hidden agenda in fight over terrorist arrest?

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Omar Abdullah
New Delhi, March 26: A chief minister of a state does not stick his neck out on sensitive subject like terrorism, unless he has strong reason or there are huge gains to be made. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has taken on the Central government over Sayed Liyaqat Shah.

The manner in which Omar has been raising the issue of Liyakat, there seems to be some truth and some hidden agenda. Once it becomes clear, if at all, who is lying and who is telling truth, then the offending party should be punished. Because, which ever authority is involved, terrorism cannot be used as tools of politics, and it should not be dividing the nation.

The Delhi police and the Jammu and Kashmir government have held completely opposite positions on Liyakat. The Delhi Police claim that he intended to carry out a terror attack and was caught just in time.

The Jammu and Kashmir government says the 45-year-old had applied for return to Kashmir last year and his name was cleared after a thorough check confirmed he did not participate in terrorist activities.

Now, media reports say that Liyakat is a former militant who was looking to return to Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan under the state government's amnesty policy.

The official documents show that Liyaqat was 51st on a list of 223 individuals processed by the J&K government for return to India under a scheme to help rehabilitate former militants.

After forcing the Central government inquiry Omar Abdullah pounced on the fact that Liyakat was found with his family at the time of his arrest.

Clearly mocking the Delhi police claim Omar said "If a man comes to attack a shopping mall, will he come with his wife and children? I am hearing for the first time that a militant came to attack holding the hand of his wife and carrying weapons in the other hand, as if going for a picnic."

Liyakat was arrested from near the Indo-Nepal border on March 20. The Delhi police says he had been assigned to execute a terror strike by a senior commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen.

The union government has asked the National Investigation Agency to find the truth behind the episode.

Differences over militants' surrender

Liyakat affair has prompted the union government to review the surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants and ensure there is better coordination between states.

Omar has told the state assembly that in the past two decades 4,081 militants have surrendered in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Since 1990 upto February 28, 2013, 4081 terrorists have surrendered in the state of Jammu and Kashmir", the CM said in a written reply to the question of PDP member Nizam-ud-din Bhat in the Assembly.

As many as 210 terrorists have been provided monetary incentives admissible under surrender policy in the form of cash and stipend, he added.

Out of these, 200 have been accorded benefit under the new surrender policy of 2004, Omar said, while the remaining ten surrendered militants have been benefited under surrender policy of 1997.

Moreover, 27 surrendered militants have been brought under security cover in the state, he said.

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