Police produce arrested Pak militant before media in Srinagar

Police produce arrested Pak militant before media in Srinagar

Srinagar: A Pakistani militant, Mohammad Waqar alias Chota Dujjana, was presented before the media in Srinagar on Wednesday, with the police claiming he was nabbed in north Kashmir.
In a presser addressed jointly by police, CRPF and army, the militant appeared before reporters and briefly answered questions before being whisked away.
Superintendent of Police Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said the Pakistan militant was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, came to Kashmir in July 2017, and was operating in Srinagar for more than a year.
Waqar, according to Qayoom, was arrested from Pattan Baramulla a few days ago, along with a Kashmiri resident. He said Waqar was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri man when they were intercepted by police near Mirgund Pattan.
“They were chased and were then arrested near Chainabal Pattan. Both are under police custody,” Qayoom said.
The militant was also allowed to respond to reporters’ questions. In response to one question he said that he had been told about harassment in Kashmir where women were assaulted and Muslims not allowed to offer prayers in masjids.
“But I did not find any such thing here,” he said. “My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Mianwali in Pakistan. I got four-month militant training there,” he said.
The SSP said that as per the preliminary investigations, Waqar was given shelter both in old city Srinagar and posh uptown areas. He said the militant’s plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla.