Charges against them couldn’t be substantiated
Srinagar: Two Pakistan administered Kashmir class 10 students, who had accidentally crossed the Line of Control and were accused of being guides for the militants who attacked the army base in Uri last year, will be sent back home as the charges framed against them could not be substantiated.
Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed had been arrested on September 21 last year, three days after the attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers.
The National Investigative Agency will soon file a closure report and ministry of external affairs will decide on the modalities of their return to PaK. They will be returned as part of a ‘goodwill arrangement’ between New Delhi and Islamabad wherein Indian soldier Chandu Chavan was sent back by Pakistan last month.
According to the NIA statement of September 27, 2016, Awan and Khursheed had during their interrogation “disclosed that they were tasked by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commanders to facilitate the infiltration of a group of four JeM cadres who carried out the Uri Army camp attack”.
An investigation by Indian Express had established that the teenagers were students, a fact confirmed by the principal of the school in Muzaffarabad. Both are aged 16, which makes them juveniles under Indian law.