Wednesday’s capture of Mohammed Naved, a terrorist who claimed to have crossed into India from Pakistan, unsurprisingly has made little news in that country.
Naved, who was overpowered by two men he had held hostage during an attack in Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, claims he crossed the Line of Control in Poonch and had come to India to kill Hindus.
“I am from Pakistan, my partner was killed in the firing but I escaped. Had I been killed, it would have been Allah’s will. There is fun in doing this,” Naved was quoted as saying.
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Pakistan, though, has made no official statement reacting to the arrest of its citizen and prominent news dailies have given the incident little coverage.
Dawn, Pakistan’s most widely read English language newspaper, carried the report on page 16 (very conveniently buried) of their Islamabad edition, titled: “Two BSF men, militant killed: Indian police”
The report quotes an Indian police official as saying that the militant captured claimed he was from Faisalabad, Pakistan. It further states that the ‘accusation’ could further raise tensions between the two neighbouring countries.
The Nation, carried the news report on page 12, titled: “2 Indian troops killed in IHK battle”, terming the militants as rebels.
“Suspected rebels killed two paramilitary soldiers and wounded another 10 after attacking their convoy in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.”
Interestingly, while the story does carry the quote of Inspector General of Police Danesh Rana, it stops short of reporting the militant’s claim that he crossed into India from Pakistan.
“One attacker was killed during a gunbattle with government forces that followed the attack. Another was captured and four civilians taken hostage by him were rescued unharmed, Rana claimed,” was what the report stated.
The News, International, did not carry the report, however it did carry a ceasefire violation story on its front page, accusing India of unprovoked firing that resulted in the death of three Pakistani civilians. “Three killed in unprovoked BSF firing, shelling”, the lead headline on the daily, said.
The Express Tribune, too, chose not to carry the news report.