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Pakistani spy arrested after 10-year hunt

A suspected Pakistani spy who had been on the run for 10 years was arrested at the international airport here while trying to flee to Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 02:54 IST

A suspected Pakistani spy who had been on the run for 10 years was arrested at the international airport here while trying to flee to Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday.

Police said they had been looking for Gayur Ali for the past 10 years when 28 pistols and 27 spare magazines were recovered from his hideout at Karol Bagh in central Delhi.

Taking advantage of the relaxed visa norms during the ongoing India-Pakistan cricket series, Ali had obtained a visa and was boarding a Pakistan International Airlines flight when he was arrested on Monday.

"He was trying to escape to Pakistan when our men nabbed him," said Ajay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

The officials described Ali as a close associate of Tariq Hassan, a Pakistani national and an agent of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Police said the weapons found in Ali's hideout were smuggled by him through the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir. They said the weapons were to be delivered to other Pakistani agents operating in India.

Six other people who were arrested during the raid on Ali's hideout 10 years back are currently being held in the Tihar Jail here.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 02:37 IST