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Pak arrests two Kashmiris for ‘spying for India’

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Indian Punjab arrests one more Kashmiris for being LeT operatives

Islamabad/Chandigarh: Pakistani security forces have arrested two “Indian spies” from an area along the Line of Control in Gilgit-Baltistan and the duo has been handed over to the police, a media report said on Saturday.

According to the report in the ‘Dawn’ newspaper, Indian currency notes, identity cards, and other documents were seized from the alleged spies.

They were handed over to police on Friday and Gilgit senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raja Mirza Hassan produced the alleged spies before the media at a press conference, it said.

Hassan said the two arrested persons belonged to Kashmir and had been forcibly sent to Pakistan for “spying”.

They were arrested soon after they crossed the LoC in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The detained “Indian spies” introduced themselves as Noor Mohammad Wani and Feroze Ahmed Lone, residents of Gurez’s Achora village in Bandipora district in Kashmir, the report said.

Meanwhile, The Punjab police on Saturday said it has arrested another Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative while he was trying to flee to Kashmir.

His arrest came two days after two LeT operatives — Aamir Hussain Wani and Wasim Hassan Wani — were claimed having been caught while trying to smuggle weapons to the Valley.

The third suspect has been identified as Javed Ahmed Bhat (29), a resident of Shopian in south Kashmir.

“Bhat was intercepted and apprehended, along with his truck bearing a J&K registration number, from Dhobra bridge, Pathankot, on Amritsar-Jammu highway by the Pathankot police, as he was trying to escape to the Valley on learning about the arrest of his accomplices,” said Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta.

“Javed hails from the same village as the other two LeT operatives do, and is their childhood friend.

“The trio had been doing transport business together for the past over two-three years, and had been making trips to Delhi, Amritsar and Jalandhar,” police said.

Brother of a J&K Home Guard jawan, Arif Ahmed Bhat, Javed himself was selected by the unit in 2012 but he had left the job subsequently.

“Initial questioning of Javed revealed that he had come with other LeT operatives Aamir and Wasim from the Kashmir Valley to Amritsar to collect a weapons consignment on the pretext of bringing fruits and vegetables,” police said.

“They came in two trucks and, after picking up the consignment from near Vallah Road, on June 11, Aamir and Wasim, on directions of their handler Ishfaq Ahmed Dar alias Bashir Ahmed Khan of LeT, had asked Javed to stay behind in Amritsar to contact the arms supplier.”

Further investigation is on to identify further links and accomplices of the three men in Punjab and J&K, said the DGP in a statement here.

The Punjab police on Thursday had arrested Aamir and Wasim and claimed to have foiled a major attempt to smuggle weapons to the Valley for carrying out militant attacks.

Ten hand-grenades, along with one AK-47 rifle with two magazines and 60 live cartridges, were seized from them, police had said.

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