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'Arrest of Pakistanis in Nepal not linked to 7/11'

india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 14:26 IST

Pakistan has said the arrest of two of its nationals in Nepal was not linked with the Mumbai serial blasts and that the duo was held in connection with a case dating back to 2001.

Reacting to media reports about the arrest of two Pakistanis in Nepal, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in Islamabad said the Pakistani mission in Kathmandu was instructed to immediately get in touch with the Nepalese Foreign Office to ascertain facts.

"Our mission was later contacted by the Nepalese police authorities who confirmed that the arrest of two Pakistanis was in connection with an old case dating back to 2001 and that no linkage had been established with the Mumbai blasts," she said in in a statement.

The Foreign Office also called the Nepalese Charge d' Affaires here to make a demarche, asking for consular access and release of the pair.

Media reports from Nepal said the two Pakistanis -- Aftar Moiddin Siddiqui and Gulam Hussain Cheema -- were arrested in connection with a five-year-old case of seizure of 16 kilogram of RDX and were being investigated if they had any link with the July 11 Mumbai blasts which left 200 people dead.

The duo was remanded to five days of judicial custody by a Nepalese court on Friday.