Two of the five Pakistani men named as terror suspects by India and whose pictures were splashed all over the media have been identified as traders in a bustling electronics market in Lahore.
Amjad Ali Khan works at a cell phone shop at Hafeez Centre market and Nadeem Malik runs a business dealing in used phones,media reports said on Saturday.
The three other men named as terror suspects Mehtab Ahmed Butt,Atif Butt and Babar Shabbir had earlier been found to be working at Hafeez Centre. They have sought protection from Pakistani authorities after reports about them appeared in the Indian media.It is yet to be established how their photos were issued by Indian security agencies to the media.
Khan and Malik have been trading at Hafeez Centre for more than four years,Muhammad Fiaz Butt,the head of the local traders association,said.
Khan claimed he and Malik had received several calls from an Indian phone number and that the caller had asked them both about their links with terrorist organisations. Mumbai Police had put out an alert describing the five men as operatives of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba,but Pakistans Foreign Office rejected the alert unfounded.
Meanwhile,traders at Hafeez Centre organised a protest following the Indian media reports. They burnt tyres on roads and shouted slogans against India. They demanded that the Pakistani government lodge a protest and take up the issue with India at the diplomatic level.
Sections of the electronic media have played up the incident as an effort by Indian security agencies to portray Pakistan in a negative light.
A TV talk show anchor even hosted a special edition of his programme at Hafeez Centre and blamed the incident on Indian intelligence agencies.