Pakistan denies captured terrorist Naved is its national


Pakistan on Thursday denied the reports that the captured terrorist Naved was its national asking India to refrain from making ‘accusaions, reports PTI.

Naved allegedly belonging to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, was captured alive in Udhampur on Wednesday after a terror attack that killed two BSF jawans.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Syed Qazi Khalilullah said, “We have also seen media reports and I will not offer any comment on that issue. We expect the Indian authorities to share information with us on the claims that are being made in the media.”

Khalilullah said that India should refrain from making accusations.

He said. ” We have said many a times that making immediate accusations on Pakistan is not correct. These things should be based on facts. We expect that whenever Pakistan is being accused of something, it will be accompanied with correct evidence.”

Government’s denial aside, there were also reports that Pakistani media had completely ignored the coverage of Naved’s arrest. And the confirmation from a senior Pakistani journalist Marina Babar, who said, “Pakistani media, specially print media, has not reported the news. There has been only a few fleeting references in channels. The establishment in Pakistan is known to harass media houses, who appear to indulge in perceived ‘anti-Islamic’ or anti-Pakistan’ coverage.

The reason behind the mute coverage of this development, experts say, was that the media in Pakistan feared being labelled as anti-nationals and

Armed with AK assault rifles, Mohammed Naved Yakub, son of Mohammed Yakub and resident of Ghulam Mustafabad area in Faislabad town of Pakistan, along with another terrorist Noman alias Momin, fired at a BSF convoy on the highway at Simroli. BSF jawans retaliated killing Noman while Naved was later captured alive. Pakistani officials were quoted by media reports as saying that there was no record of the man arrested in India.