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'Pakistani spy' held in Mankhurd

The man is believed to have links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), reports Presley Thomas.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2007 00:15 IST
Presley Thomas
Presley Thomas
Hindustan Times

The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested a 29-year-old man from his Mankhurd house on Monday. He is believed to have links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Mohammed Qamar Mohammed Shakeel Afghani was produced at a local court, which has remanded him in police custody till October 26.

A few telephone diaries, a compact disc containing allegedly sensitive information and photographs related to vital installations in the city, five credit cards and a cellphone were recovered from Afghani.

Afghani was allegedly active for six months and was responsible for identifying locals who could be trained in Pakistan, said ATS officials.

"Afghani had been given some preliminary training in handling weapons in Pakistan. But primarily, he was trained to identify locals who could be recruited as ISI agents," said Additional Director General of Police and ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi.

In 2006, Afghani had visited Kashmir where, through some local contacts he got in touch with an ISI officer, Tayyab, in Pakistan.

Subsequently, Afghani went to Pakistan twice — in 2006 and in February this year, said police officers.

"Afghani has said that he has sent some information to Pakistan and we have some details on it," the ATS chief said.

"The nature of information, his knowledge about vital installations and data procured by him can be confirmed only after he is interrogated."

All the credit cards — three of Standard Chartered Bank, one of Bank Alfalah and another of a Bangkok bank — recovered were issued to him while he was in Pakistan, said ATS officials.

First Published: Oct 16, 2007 00:10 IST