The Kashmir centric party PDP has thrown in hefty demands while negotiating with the saffron party over the formation of new government for the state. Apart from the revocation of AFSPA and strengthening of the Article 370, the party also wants legalization of the Nepal route for the return of militants from Pakistan and PoK. The Nepal route hasn’t been recognized by the Indian authorities as a legitimized route for the return of militants. There are just four selected routes- Wagah-Attari border, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Salamabad and Chakan-Da Bagh cross-LoC routes.
The neighbor country- Pakistan, never wanted the militants to return via these legalized routes and the policy had suffered a major hindrance before too as it would have created conspiracy. Reportedly, there are over 3000 militants across the border who travelled to Pakistan in 1990s for the training and arming and only 81 Kashmiri militants have returned so far. The issue was first raised in 2006 and the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had advanced it at the second Round Table Conference on Kashmir in Srinagar. The policy was then officially taken up by Omar Abdullah in 2009-2010.The matter was then taken up to the Ministry of Home Affairs who then agreed to it.
After PDP threw in the demand for the BJP to accept, the Home Ministry convened a meeting to decide over the returnees who come from the Nepal route. These returnees are not the citizens of India and their coming from the Nepal route is also an attempt of violation of the foreign rules. The state Home Ministry however suspects some malicious elements trying to activate sleeper cells. The situation is a little weary and is also a threat to the national security.