Liaquat Was Returning To Surrender: Kin

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SRINAGAR: Refuting the claims of the Delhi police, the family of the Lolab resident who was arrested in Gorakhpur, UP, on Friday said that Syed Liaquat Ali Shah was returning home from Pakistan to lead a normal life, and not to carry out attacks anywhere.

“Our son, coming back via Nepal after 18 years, was accompanied by his Pakistani wife, two children, and several Baramulla youth, about all of whom the Delhi police is silent,”   his mother Haleema said.

Shah’s brother, Karamat, said that he (Shah) had intended to surrender before the police on his return to the Valley, and that the Delhi police claim of having arrested a “dreaded Hizb militant” was “total exaggeration.”

“Liaquat had already informed us about his return to Kashmir,” he said. “How can the Delhi police say that he was planning terror strikes in the city?”  

“He has never been involved in any militant activity,” he said.

According to the family, Shah was already married with two children when he went across the LoC in 1994.

His mother says that he had married twice again after crossing the frontier. One of his wives, from Mansehra in Pakistan, had accompanied him on his return with their two children, while the third, a Valley girl from Kral Pora, Kupwara, had opted to stay back.

“Having lived nearly two decades of hardship, Liaquat was preparing to come home since 2012 after the state government announced its rehabilitation policy, and had informed us in advance of his return,” she said.      

“He was running a shop across the frontier. He was never involved in any illegal activity,” she said.  

The special commissioner of the Delhi police special cell, S. Srivastava, said that his force had arrested only one person, and had no knowledge about his wife.

“Which family will say that its member is wrong on involved in terrorism,” the commissioner said.

“For us, Liaquat is a terrorist. We have arrested only one person and know nothing about his wife,” he said.  

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