Geo News exposes Indian drama
ISLAMABAD: India’s claim of arresting a ‘Pakistani suspect’, who their sensationalist film-style news media termed ‘Kasab 2’, has turned out to be false as reports have shown that the accused in custody belongs to the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) district of Kulgam and is mentally incapacitated, Geo News reported.
The young man arrested from Udhampur for his involvement in an attack on a convoy of the Indian security forces is a resident of IHK. Senior journalist and anchor for Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’ Hamid Mir said the young man was a resident of Ghat village located in Kulgam district of IHK near the Jhelum River. The senior journalist also revealed that the attacker had worked as a bus conductor and was known popularly in the area as ‘Jhalla’ (mad person).
According to Hamid Mir, nine relatives of the attacker are among the 15 people arrested from the village. The attacker’s immediate family has fled the village.
Sources told Hamid Mir that the second attacker, Nauman, who was killed, is also a resident of IHK and that the plan of attack was made in Ghat village. Indian media had claimed that this second attacker was also Pakistani, belonging to Bahawalpur.
The Indian media had labelled the attacker as “Kasab 2” after the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Indian Home Minister ShriRajnath Singh also claimed the identity of the captured individual to be Mohammad NaveedYakub aka Usman, resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) dismissed Indian allegations stating that Usman is not Pakistani.
The Pakistan Foreign Office said that the Indian media has always engaged in anti-Pakistan propaganda, adding that Pakistan has repeatedly stated that blaming Pakistan for everything is not right.