ISLAMABAD: In a major development that has gone almost unnoticed, police arrested a relative of senior Kashmiri leader Aasiya Andarabi from Indian-held part of the Valley on terrorism-related charges over the weekend.
But Ms Andarabi’s another relative is reported to have escaped a raid carried out by the federal capital police on Saturday on a house in Khayaban-i-Kashmir on the outskirts of the city.
Police arrested a man identified as Mohammad Shoaib and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Police also claimed to have seized four remote-controlled spy planes.
The man, who ran escaped, is said to be one Syed Irtiqaz Nabi Gilani.
Both Shoaib and Gilani, police sources said, were from Indian-held Kashmir.A source claimed that Gilani was nephew of Ms Andarabi, the chief of Dukhtaran-i-Millat (DeM) or Daughters of the Nation.
This all-women Islamic group is part of the freedom-seeking All Parties Hurriyat Conference and its agenda includes imposition of Islamic law in Kashmir.
The DeM has not been involved in militancy so far in Occupied Kashmir but is known for its vigilantism.
The link of Shoaib and Gilani with Ms Andarabi, a diplomatic source said, was exposed when Indian intelligence intercepted Hurriyat leaders’ calls after the raid.
Shoaib, police sources said, had come recently from Saudi Arabia. Gilani was in Pakistan over the past few months and he had been moving around.
Initially, he had stayed in Muzzafarabad and then went to Abbottabad before coming to Islamabad.Police are looking into “their international linkages and bank accounts”, according to a source.
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