Militant arrested with Pakistani wife in Jammu

Militant arrested with Pakistani wife in Jammu

2 December 2011
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: In a major success, security agencies today arrested a Kashmiri militant along with his Pakistani wife and two children as soon as they landed at Jammu Railway Station from Amarnath Express after flying to Kathmandu in Nepal from Pakistan. The militant had crossed over to Pakistan from the Kashmir valley 12 years back and after arms training married a Pakistani woman and settled there. Official sources said Zahoor Ahmed, a top militant from Kashmir was arrested along with his Pakistani wife Khurshida Begum and two children Aijaz Ahmed and Mohammad Rafiq at Railway Station, Jammu soon after they boarded off Amarnath Express this evening. They were whisked away to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) Jammu for sustained questioning along with three others, who had come to receive the militant and his family at Railway Station and take them safely to the Kashmir valley as the militant might have forgotten the route and could be trapped in Jammu after his long stint in Pakistan. Three Kashmiris detained for questioning included Rafiq Ahmed, Khurshid Ahmed and Aijaz Ahmed from Baramulla. Sources said the Intelligence Bureau, Jammu Police, Railway Police and CID (Counter Intelligence) co-ordinated the operation and arrested the militant along with his Pakistani wife and two children. The IB had developed specific information soon after the militant with his family left Islamabad in a flight to Kathmandu in Nepal. The militant had managed to get passport and visa with the help of Pakistanís Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Army and militant commanders. They crossed Indo-Nepal border and entered Gorakhpur. Later, they boarded Amarnath Express and reached Jammu. Sources said Zahoor Ahmed, a resident of Baramulla, Kashmir was in constant touch with his family on telephone for past quite sometime. He had been informing the family that he was trying for passport and visa with the help of Pakistani officials and would take Nepal route to enter India. The militant, who was initially affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen but had later switched over to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, had crossed over from Kashmir to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) more than a decade ago and underwent arms training there. After completion of his training, he made some attempts to infiltrate into this side from the Line of Control (LoC) but didnít succeed. He settled in PoK and started training the militants. Later, he switched over to manual work and married a Pakistani woman Khurshida Begum from whom he had two children, Aijaz Ahmed and Mohammad Rafiq. Sources said the militant and his Pakistani wife were being subjected to sustained questioning to ascertain whether Zahoor Ahmed had reached here on an assignment tasked by the militants commander, Pakistan Army and ISI or wanted to live with his family. It may be mentioned that some Pakistanis are already being searched here by police as two of them were wanted by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in connection with September 7 blast outside New Delhi High Court that had taken the toll of 15 civilians and left scores of others injured. Another Pakistani is wanted in connection with a blast near Northern Command Headquarters at Udhampur in which a senior Army officer had a narrow escape early this year. Meanwhile, police and 11 Rashtriya Rifles today recovered a large quantity of explosive material and ammunition from a hideout of the militants in Chatroo area of Kishtwar district. Recoveries made from the hideout included one RPG-7 launcher, one RPG shell, one 12 bore gun, one front muzzle loading gun, one Chinese pistol with four rounds, 53 rounds of AK-47, two hand grenades and two UBGL grenades. The hideout was destroyed. A major tragedy has been averted with timely recovery of the explosive material. DIG Doda-Kishtwar range supervised the search operation. Meanwhile, IGP Jammu Dilbagh Singh had complimented police and security forces for jointly planning and executing the search operation. He said such sustained and surgical anti-terrorist operations would continue to be launched throughout Jammu to defeat nefarious designs of anti-national elements. Two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested at Kanachak when they were trying to exfiltrate to Pakistan. (function() { var po document.createElement('script'); po.type 'text-javascript'; po.async true; po.src 'https-apis.google.com-js-plusone.js'; var s document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); | home | state | national | business| editorial | advertisement | sports | photogallery | | international | weather | mailbag | suggestions | search | subscribe |


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