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Mar 26, 2013 at 08:11pm IST

Liaqat arrest: New sops by MHA to legalise surrender via Nepal route, say sources

New Delhi: While a controversy rages around whether Liaqat Shah is a militant who wanted to surrender or a terrorist who wanted to target Delhi during Holi, the government is all set to form new sops to legalise surrender via Nepal route, according to sources.

Sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs will also review the rehabilitation policy for surrendered PoK based militants.

Under the current policy there are four entry points - Poonch, Uri, Wagah and the IGI Airport in Delhi. Currently Nepal is not a designated route.

Liaqat's arrest has shown a loophole where a militant allegedly surrenders and no Indian agency is there to ensure he reaches Jammu and Kashmir as per the surrender terms. New sop will ensure coordination between Border Security Forces (BSF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police for such surrenders, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Commissioner backing his team over the arrest of Liaqat, said there was no Intelligence Bureau tip-off before the arrest and that it was purely a Delhi Police operation.