Srinagar: Syed Liaquat Shah was arrested when he crossed into Indian territory from Nepal to surrender under Jammu and Kashmir’s rehabilitation policy. His second wife spoke to the media on Saturday on reaching her husband’s ancestral home.

Akhtar-ul-Nisa, 47, Liaquat’s second wife, whom he married in Pakistan, has reached her husband’s ancestral home in Dardpora village, in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, 105 kilometres from here. Jabeena, 14, the deaf and dumb daughter of Akhtar-ul-Nisa from her previous husband is also with her. Talking to media persons, Akhtar-ul-Nisa said she had landed in Nepal from Pakistan with her husband and daughter; the family had Pakistani passports.

“Liaquat came to surrender before the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir after the application of his family for his rehabilitation under the state government’s policy was approved by authorities,” she said.

“We were arrested near the Nepal-India border and told to show our identity cards. We told the police we had no identity cards, but carried Pakistani passports. They did not  listen to us and arrested Liaquat, even after we clearly told them that authorities had approved Liaquat’s return under the rehabilitation policy.”

She also said since Liaquat had not even reached Delhi when he was arrested, there was no question of any arms being recovered from his hotel room in Delhi, as was reported in some sections of the media.

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