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Man linked to Kashmiri separatist arrested in Pak

In a major development, the police have arrested Dukhtaran-E-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi's relative on 'terrorism-related charges' in Islamabad.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2013 18:25 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times

In a major development, the police have arrested Dukhtaran-E-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi's relative on 'terrorism-related charges' in Islamabad.

Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that the Islamabad police have arrested a relative of senior separatist leader Aasiya Andarabi.

Andarabi's another relative reportedly escaped the raid, which was carried out by the federal capital police on Saturday at a house in Khayaban-i-Kashmir on the outskirts of Islamabad city.

This is for the first time that a relative of a senior separatist leader has been arrested in Pakistan.

The newspaper has identified the man as Asiya's nephew Mohammad Shoaib (Andrabi's younger brother's son) claiming that a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from him apart from seizing four remote-controlled spy planes.

The man, who escaped, has been identified as Syed Irtiyaz Nabi Gilani (Andrabi's sister's son).

Andrabi's all-women organisation is a part of hardline Hurriyat and believes in imposition of Islamic law in Kashmir. However, the DeM has not been involved in militancy.

According to the newspaper, the link of Shoaib and Gilani with Andarabi, was exposed, when Indian intelligence intercepted Hurriyat leaders' calls after the raid.

Speaking to HT, Andrabi said she didn't want to comment on why the arrests took place, adding that the duo were innocent.

“Shoaib is a minor, who lives in Saudi Arabia and had gone to Pakistan four days ago to do a computer course. Gilani is a Pakistani national. My family migrated decades ago and had chosen Pakistan as their country. The children have been born and bought up their,'' she said.

The newspaper, however, said that Gilani was in Pakistan for past few months and had been moving around. Initially, he had stayed in Muzzafarabad and had then gone to Abbottabad before coming to Islamabad.

On being asked whether the arrest suggests any change in policy, Andrabi said that her policies were not subservient to what Pakistan thought. “I believe in what I do and will continue doing that,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the arrests are a result of Pakistan's policy of breeding terrorists.

“We have always said that terrorists they train to send across Kashmir will one day turn on them and become a problem for them. This arrest proves that. The only solution for Pakistan is to stop training the terrorists,” Abdullah said.

First Published: Sep 10, 2013 18:21 IST