Press Esc to close
Sunday 25 September 2016
News updated at 2:22 AM IST
Weather
Max: 25.2°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Liyaqat's second wife gives first-hand account of arrest

Srinagar, March 23, 2013 (IANS):

Syed Liyaqat Shah was arrested when he crossed into Indian territory from Nepal to surrender under Jammu and Kashmir's rehabilitation policy. His second wife spoke to the media Saturday on reaching her husband's ancestral home.

Akhtar-ul-Nisa, 47, Liaquat's second wife, whom he married in Pakistan, has reached her husband's ancestral home in Dardpora village, in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, 105 kilometres from here.

Jabeena, 14, the deaf and dumb daughter of Akhtar-ul-Nisa from her previous husband is also with her.

Talking to media persons, Akhtar-ul-Nisa said she had landed in Nepal from Pakistan with her husband and daughter; the family had Pakistani passports.

"Liaquat came to surrender before the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir after the application of his family for his rehabilitation under the state government's policy was approved by authorities," she said.

"We were arrested near the Nepal-India border and told to show our identity cards. We told the police we had no identity cards, but carried Pakistani passports. They did not listen to us and arrested Liaquat, even after we clearly told them that authorities had approved Liaquat's return under the rehabilitation policy."

She also said since Liaquat had not even reached Delhi when he was arrested, there was no question of any arms being recovered from his hotel room in Delhi, as was reported in some sections of the media.

Akhtar-ul-Nisa is a Kashmiri who had crossed over to Pakistan along with her deaf and dumb daughter in 2005.

Her previous husband, who she accepted had been a militant, was killed in a gunfight with the security forces before she crossed the line of control (LoC).

She said she married Liaquat, whom she met in Pakistan. He too had been married earlier. Ameena Begum, Liaquat's first wife, lives in Dardpora village along with her two sons, 21-year-old Shabir and 15-year-old Saddam.

Akhtar-ul-Nisa and her daughter are now living with the rest of Liaquat's family in Dardpora.

Some village elders, including the local sarpanch, accompanied the family when they were called to the local police station in the morning Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir has been offering, for about two years, the opportunity to former militants to surrender and gain rehabilitation in society. About 50 people have availed the opportunity to return to the mainstream so far.

Delhi Police had Friday announced the arrest of Liaquat at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of being a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army personnel arrive to help flood affected people in Hyderabad...

Army personnel arrive to help flood affected people in Hyderabad...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah wave to the crowd at public rally...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah wave to the crowd at public rally...

Thangavelu Mariyappan who won the gold in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro...

Thangavelu Mariyappan who won the gold in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro...

A view of regular traffic during relaxation given by authorities and separatists from strike...

A view of regular traffic during relaxation given by authorities and separatists from strike...

A truck hangs mid-air after breaking the railing of a road bridge over Manjira river in Medak...

A truck hangs mid-air after breaking the railing of a road bridge over Manjira river in Medak...

Cricketer M.S. Dhoni at the launch of refurbished edition of Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800...

Cricketer M.S. Dhoni at the launch of refurbished edition of Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800...

An artist takes selfie with other artists in Ahmedabad on Saturday...

An artist takes selfie with other artists in Ahmedabad on Saturday...

Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV-C35 ready to be launch on Saturday with SCATSAT-1...

Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV-C35 ready to be launch on Saturday with SCATSAT-1...

People participate in a protest by Maratha Karnti Morcha against Kopardi Rape case in Nashik...

People participate in a protest by Maratha Karnti Morcha against Kopardi Rape case in Nashik...

Soldier carrying weapon at a location near the Indo-Pak border in Jammu...

Soldier carrying weapon at a location near the Indo-Pak border in Jammu...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523