Police officials in Jammu and Kashmir have refuted claims that the arrested militant Naveed Yakub is a native of a south Kashmir village.
According to Kashmir police in-charge, inspector general (Kashmir Range) Javed Gillani, no family has come forward with such claims. “It’s all rubbish. If that was the case, wouldn’t the family come forward to claim that?” he asked.
Gillani said that Naveed’s address in Pakistan is well known.
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Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir had claimed Naveed is from J-K, saying he had “very specific info about his village”.
In Kashmir valley, a social media rumour on WhatsApp and Facebook claims Naveed hails from Qaimoh area of Kulgam district, and his father’s name is Bashir Ahmad while his mother comes from Bengal. It also says Naveed he is mentally unstable.
“He did initially pretend to be mentally challenged but it was just to save himself. He is cooperating now and revealing useful information,” said a police official who did not want to be named.
Meanwhile, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asked the Centre to engage Pakistan in a meaningful dialogue to end ceasefire violations while emphasising that people in border areas of the state were living under perpetual threat.
“Peace would remain a distant dream unless the Pakistan Army is taken on board in the peace process,” Abdullah said while addressing a public meeting in Surankote, close to the Line of Control on Saturday morning.
(With PTI inputs)