Sus­pect ar­rested in Ud­ham­pur is not Pak­istani: NADRA

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan re­jected on Thurs­day In­dia's claim that a man cap­tured for his al­leged in­volve­ment in an at­tack on an In­dian mil­i­tary con­voy in In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir was Pak­istani.

Terming the claims "un­sub­stan­ti­ated and un­war­ranted", gov­ern­ment sources said that Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (NADRA) records have re­vealed that Us­man Khan is not a Pak­istani na­tional.

"NADRA record shows In­dian claims of an ar­rested per­son, Us­man Khan, orig­i­nat­ing from Pak­istan are to­tally base­less," the source said.

In­dian forces cap­tured a man on Wed­nes­day af­ter a deadly at­tack on a mil­i­tary con­voy in In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir and claimed he was of Pak­istani ori­gin. Two sol­diers were killed and eight oth­ers in­jured in the at­tack mounted by a group of mil­i­tants. The mil­i­tants fled into a for­est, tak­ing three passersby hostage. Sol­diers later stormed a hill­top school where they were holed up, killing two of them and cap­tur­ing one, of­fi­cials said.

"In our pre­lim­i­nary ques­tion­ing, he has said he is from Faisal­abad, Pak­istan," Dan­ish Rana, in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice, told re­porters. He iden­ti­fied the man as Us­man, 22. "We are go­ing to find out what route he has taken, what was the tar­get," he said. The ac­cu­sa­tion raised fur­ther ten­sion be­tween the neigh­bours fol­low­ing a re­cent at­tack on an In­dian po­lice sta­tion in which seven peo­ple were killed and in­ter­mit­tent clashes along the Line of Con­trol and Work­ing Bound­ary. Last week, gun­men stormed a po­lice sta­tion and killed seven peo­ple in In­dia's Punjab state, south of Kash­mir. In­dia said the gun­men had come from Pak­istan, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of a GPS track­ing de­vice they car­ried.

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