Travelled in Security Van From Border: Liaquat’s Wife

SRINAGAR: Kupwara resident Liaquat Ali Shah who was arrested in UP for an alleged terror plot in Delhi travelled in a security vehicle along with family from the Nepal border on his way home, his wife said on arriving at her husband’s native village of Dardpora on Saturday.

“Once we crossed the Nepal border, an Indian security vehicle was waiting for us, and we travelled in it up to Gorakhpur where my husband was asked to alight and accompany security personnel,” Akhtar-un-Nisa, whom Shah married during his long stay across the LoC, said.

Meanwhile, top police officers said that Shah’s first wife, Amina Banu, left behind when he crossed the frontier for training as a militant, had submitted an application in the Kupwara police station in 2011 for her husband’s return under the government’s rehabilitation scheme.

Describing the Delhi police claims as a “drama aimed to mislead the nation,” Akhtar-un-Nisa said it was also aimed at bringing Kashmiris to disrepute by creating an impression that had plotted to carry out an attack on the eve of Holi.

“I can tell you with authority that we were not carrying any arms or ammunition. We even had lunch with the security personnel who accompanied us to Gorakhpur from the Nepal border,” she said.

“I was shocked when I came to know that the special cell of the Delhi police had given this new twist to the drama,” she said, adding that her husband was returning home to surrender himself to the police.

Asked about her journey from Gorakhpur, Nisa said that security men who had questioned them at a hotel and taken Shah away had asked them from Rs 2000 for train tickets.

“We boarded a train in Gorakhpur at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and reached Jammu after two days and one night. Then we travelled to Srinagar,” she said.

According to Nisa, who has already reported to the Kupwara police along with her daughter, intelligence personnel had assured that her husband too would be sent home after questioning.

Interestingly, Shah’s family had earlier said that one of the two wives he had married across the LoC hailed from the Mansehra area of Pakistan and was accompanying him back home.

But according to Akhtar-un-Nisa, she too hails from Kupwara and had travelled to PaK after crossing the Wagah border in 2001, and married Shah there in 2006.

Earlier, she had been married to one Noor Hussain Shah of Dardpora, Kupwara, who was killed in an encounter with the security forces in 1995, she said. 

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