Amid increased tension along the border in the wake of the recent terror attack on an Army camp in Uri, the Border Security Force on Friday arrested a Pakistani terrorist while he was trying to cross over to the Indian side at Pargwal in Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Identified as Abdul Qayoom, a resident of Sialkote district, he is being seen as a prized catch by BSF as the arrest can add to the evidence of terror attacks against India coming from Pakistani soil. The arrest has come less than a week after the Uri attack in which 18 soldiers died.
He was leading a group of four terrorists who would have followed him after he crossed over to the Indian side, sources said. However, while passing through the fence around 4 am, he got entangled in the concertina wire and was apprehended by the BSF troops, sources said, adding that the other terrorists fled back to Pakistan side.
While police are yet to receive custody of the terrorist from the BSF, sources said that Qayoom appears to be a hardened terrorist and had been closely associated with Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba. A mobile phone, along with two SIM cards, has been seized from his possession, they said, adding that further questioning was in progress.
“He has been frequently changing statements to mislead the security agencies,” said D K Upadhyaya, BSF Inspector General for Jammu zone. “We had encircled him as he touched the fence and kept waiting for others who may have followed him. As no one followed him for some time, we apprehended him.”
“He appears to be an educated person and speaks in English,’’ Upadhyaya said, adding that Qayoom does not appear to have entered Indian territory inadvertently.
Security forces are on high alert after terror attacks at Poonch and Uri.