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India seeks consular access for Jogeshwari resident arrested in Pakistan

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India has sought from Pakistan consular access to a person, reportedly an Indian, who has been arrested here for not possessing travel and visa documents.

Sheikh Nabi Ahmed, who hailed from Jogeshwari East, was taken into custody on May 19 after he failed to produce any travel or visa documents.

The Indian High Commission has written to Pakistan’s Foreign Office and has also sought detail regarding his arrest as there has been no official confirmation or communication from Islamabad regarding the arrest, sources say.

He has been booked for illegal entry and stay in the country under Section 14 of Foreigners Act 1946 and sent to jail on judicial remand.

It is to recall that an Indian national was arrested from the F-8 area of Islamabad under the Margalla police station on Sunday, over allegedly living in the Pakistan capital without proper permission or travel documents.

However, here ATS sources said after seeing his photograph in Pakistani media, it appeared he was the same person, who along with LeT suspect, Bada Imran, crossed over to Pakistan via Jammu & Kashmir in 2006. “There are reports that Imran was injured in firing and Ahmed sneaked into Pakistan. There is no official communication to the Indian government but we have assigned few officers to gather more information,” said an ATS official.

It was not clear why and how he came to Pakistan.

In 2006, after the ATS arrest of an accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case, information obtained by agencies showed that several youths were joining “anti-national forces”. Ahmed’s name had cropped up during the ATS probe then. ATS had seized 30 kg RDX packed in the central processing unit (CPU) of a computer, 10 AK-47 assault rifles and 3,200 bullets. ATS had said 22 accused had procured the arms and ammunition to allegedly target political leaders accused in the 2002 Gujarat riots case.

The Indian High Commission in Pakistan has sought consular access as well as other details from the Pakistani government over reports that an Indian national has been arrested here for not possessing travel and visa documents, official sources in Islamabad and New Delhi said.

The arrest of the Indian national came days after the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country.

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