As India and Pakistan battle over the nationality of Mohammad Naved, the only terrorist captured alive after the Udhampur terror attack, a claim by a Pakistan-based man on Thursday is sure to leave Islamabad red-faced.
In an interview to Hindustan Times, a Pakistan-based man has identified himself as the father of the attacker.
Speaking in Punjabi, the father said, “I am the unfortunate father”, adding that he’ll be killed. “I’ll be killed. The Lashkar is after us and the fauj is after us.”Naved was caught after a deadly assault on a convoy of the Border Security Force in which two soldiers were killed. Naved’s companion was shot dead, but he escaped into a village and took three men hostage. They later over-powered him and handed him over to the police.
He later, speaking to media persons, said that he was from Faislabad in Pakistan and had entered India 45 days ago via the Kashmir Valley.
On Thursday, Pakistan had rejected India’s assertion that Naved was of Pakistani-origin and asked India to refrain from making “accusations”.
“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,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Syed Qazi Khalilullah had said on the arrest of the terrorist in India.
“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,” he had said.
Image: The Udhampur terrorist in the custody of the security forces after he attacked a BSF convoy, killing two jawans.