SRINAGAR: Nisar Ahmed Khan, 44, a resident of Pulwama, went to Azad Kashmir in 1992 but later came back under the rehabilitation scheme announced by the then Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah. He now says he committed a blunder in returning from Pakistan.

Nisar Ahmed Khan in a media interview in Srinagar said, “On my return to Kashmir, we were assured that all of us would be rehabilitated and a job would be given to us. Let aside the job, the land allotted to me by the Pulwama Deputy Commissioner was not given to me.”

Aafiya Hassan, the wife of Nisar and a native of Pakistan, said she was aware that such things could happen in occupied Kashmir. “I am living a miserable life here. I want to go back with my children. But they (the authorities) don’t allow us because we don’t have Indian passports,” she said.

Nisar said that he had knocked the offices of all officers but seven years of such efforts had yielded nothing. He said that he was living in a rented room with Rs 2,500 monthly rent and had to pay the school fees of his children.

He said if the puppet regime can do nothing for him, then it should let his wife and children go back to Pakistan. “The education and future of my children is at stake,” he added.  

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