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PoK woman publicly accuses Pak intelligence of kidnapping husband

chandigarh Updated: Oct 17, 2012 15:57 IST

A woman in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has publicly accused the intelligence services of kidnapping her husband.

Shahnaz Akhtar, 35, a school teacher who lives in a refugee camp near Muzaffarabad said her husband Qazi Khushal was arrested near an army post two weeks ago and has not been seen since, reports BBC News.

She said Khushal disappeared the day after his arrest, when he was brought to a hospital in the city for a "heart condition".

"A friend of my husband's rang me up to tell me my husband had been admitted to a hospital. I went to the hospital and walked right up to his bed but some men in plain clothes rushed towards us and stopped us from talking to each other. They pushed me out of the ward," Akhtar said.

"I went there again the next morning but his bed was empty. No-one has told me what happened to him or where he was taken," she added.

The couple had crossed into the Pakistani side of Kashmir from Indian-administered Kashmir in 1990, when the separatist insurgency there was at its height.

It is thought that Khushal was abducted because he had renounced the insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir in the mid-1990s.

The uprising, according to analysts, has always been supported by Pakistani intelligence who did not want it to end.

Muzaffarabad deputy commissioner Ansar Yaqoob said he was "not aware of the case".

While such kidnappings are believed to be commonplace in PoK, few have dared to speak out publicly.

This is believed to be one of the first times that the intelligence agencies have been directly accused of carrying out such a crime.

Few cases are reported to the police - or challenged in the courts - because people are fearful that they or their relatives may be harmed as a result.

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