Two Pak nationals 'sent by ISI' arrested in city
A special team of the Delhi Police has arrested two Pakistani nationals, including a woman, who had allegedly come to India to work as an ISI agent.delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2011 00:46 IST
A special team of the Delhi Police has arrested two Pakistani nationals, including a woman, who had allegedly come to India to work as an ISI agent.
Imran, 40, and Soofia Kanwal, 38, both from Karachi , were held at the New Delhi Railway Station on December 5. Police said they had entered India through the Sanouli border in Gorakhpur, UP.
"The two were arrested on a tip-off. They said they had entered India through the Indo-Nepal border," Ashok Chand, DCP (crime), said.
Police sources said Imran was looking for a safe hideout in Agra and was in touch with someone. "They have a marriage certificate, which would have helped them get a rented accommodation. We are looking for their third associate, who is in Agra," said a senior officer, requesting not to be named.
Imran told the police that he belongs to Ahmedabad, but had migrated to Pakistan in 1988 and had acquired a Pakistani citizenship. He floated his own company in Pakistan, but in 2007-08 he incurred huge losses. "The Pakistani intelligence agencies approached him and told him that they would provide monetary support to him if he worked for them. In March 2011, they told him that he would have to go to India and settle a woman as a resident agent there," Chand said.
The passports of Imran and Kanwal, issued by Pakistan, but having no Indian VISA and neither the stamp of entry to India, a national identity card of Imran, citizenship card of Kanwal, a driving license from Gujarat in Imran's name, an election identity card issued in the name of Imran and other documents have been recovered from them.
A police team has been sent to Gujarat to check if Imran has contacts there. "They wanted to settle either in Agra or Gujarat. The motive behind their illegal migration is not clear, but they were waiting for directions from the ISI," police said.
First Published: Dec 13, 2011 00:44 IST