Pak wife helps militant shed bombs and bullets

Guns and roses

Mohammad Ashraf came back to his home in the Badagaon village of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir. And accompanying him was his Pakistani bride Asma.

The Indian Army allowed them to cross over the Line of Control (LoC) and enter into Pooch district from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

However, the couple has been handed over to the local police for questioning. Like many of his age, Ashraf had crossed over to PoK in 1999 for getting training in militant activities in camps setup there. There he met a Pakistani girl Asma and married her in March.

His family said Ashraf wanted to lead a normal life with his wife but it was not possible in PoK. So he decided to return to his home in Poonch with Asma. Prior to Ashraf’s case, a couple of militants, too, have returned to Kashmir along with their Pakistani wives from PoK.
Interestingly, Sajad Gani Lone, a separatist-turned-mainstream leader, too, has a Pakistani wife Asma. She is the daughter of Amanullah Khan, founder and chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF-A).

Mohammad Yasin Malik, Chairman, JKLF, too, has married a Pakistani painter, Mushaal Mullick.

The wife of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, was born in the United States but she is of Kashmiri-origin.

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