Remaining 'to-be-Mumbai-terrorists' also emerge from Lahore's Hafeez Centre

Published: May 12, 2012

This screenshot shows two of the remaining five men suspected to have infiltrated India. They too turned out to be businessmen from Lahore's Hafeez Centre.

LAHORE: Indian media released pictures of two of the five suspected terrorists on Thursday believed to have sneaked in to Mumbai to stage a repeat of November 26, 2008 attacks. However, like the pictures of the three men released on Wednesday, they too turned up at the Gulberg police station in Lahore to report that they were businessmen, and not terrorists.

On Wednesday, Indian law enforcement agencies had released pictures to the media for three out of five suspected terrorists, believed to have snuck into Mumbai via the sea last week. Indian intelligence agencies had issued a warning, after which a high level meeting was called by the Police commissioner and the city had been put on high alert on Sunday.

However, once the colour pictures of the suspects made it to the media on Wednesday, the alleged terrorists, watched their faces splash across television and the internet while they tended to their mobile retail business at Lahore’s popular Hafeez Centre. Perturbed at being labeled ‘terrorist’, they approached the Gulberg police station to claim their innocence. Of the three, two said they had never had a passport issued to them, let alone travel internationally.

When pictures of their remaining two “accomplices” were released late on Friday, two more perturbed individuals, Amjad Ali Khan and Nadeem Malik emerged from Hafeez Centre.

Khan resident of Dharampura, Lahore is an employee at a mobile store. Malik is a resident of Gwalmandi and operates a business of used cell phones. Both have been working in Hafeez Centre for more than four years.

The President of traders of Hafeez Centre, Fayyaz Butt while talking to The Express Tribune said that the Indian intelligence agencies and media, due to unknown reasons, has tried to prove that these five men, belonging to Lahore, were terrorists.

He added that both Khan and Malik were receiving repeated calls from Indian numbers, enquiring about their links with terrorist organisations.

Malik said that he had been working in Hafeez Centre for the past eight years. While he owned a passport, he never had a desire to visit India, or to apply for a visa to the neighbouring country.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Imran
    May 12, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Hahhahahha Indians

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  • Acorn Guts
    May 12, 2012 - 2:47AM

    I guess there are some elements in India (and Pakistan no doubt) that just don’t want to stop the war mongering. Let’s not let them win eh? Peace.

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  • Pradei
    May 12, 2012 - 2:51AM

    Incredible India !!

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 12, 2012 - 2:57AM

    This is too much of a co-incidence. How did the photographs of these 5 people working in the same place , doing the same work (i.e. cellphone retailing) get into hands of Indian security people? I think it is a deliberate false flag operation by the ISI. Unless I hear something from India Today (who published the oriianl story) or Indian government, I am not going to believe that this was just an error. There is more to this than meets the eye.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 12, 2012 - 2:59AM

    Some of these people say they never had a passport made – well neither did Ajmal Kasab. It may very well be that they are innocent. But if they were indeed terrorists, the lack of passport would hardly stop them. SO to advance3 that as a reason to prove that intelligence reports were wrong seems illogicall.

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  • Babloo
    May 12, 2012 - 3:02AM

    Looks like a practical joke/prank played on the Mumbai police. Mumbai police should get to the bottom of the matter and investigate its sources.

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  • May 12, 2012 - 3:02AM

    Ohh this Indian media!!! They just can’t leave us alone!!!
    And Indian intelligence, they better watch Sherlock Holmes!!!

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  • DB
    May 12, 2012 - 3:11AM

    Indian “intelligence” were given software by the US NSA for doing heuristic analysis of mobile phones to point out potential terrorists. Unfortunately, Indians are not as sophisticated as the US and their analysis pointed towards mobile phone salesman who also happen to be fans of Indian movies which is why Mumbai came up.

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  • Human
    May 12, 2012 - 3:17AM

    Some need to reach to help paranoid Indians

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  • Adil
    May 12, 2012 - 4:01AM

    India. India! Please be embarrassed now and don’t defend yourself. SHAMEFUL!

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  • Blithe
    May 12, 2012 - 4:49AM

    These guys should sue India for defecation.
    This isn’t funny anymore.

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  • Truth Hurts
    May 12, 2012 - 4:54AM

    So what? Who really cares what Indian media says?? Their only job is to create lies and propaganda against Pakistan, so nothing new!!

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  • Shiny neighbor & their spy Sat
    May 12, 2012 - 4:55AM

    Seriously! what is the excuses this time? Same as before?

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  • Zahid
    May 12, 2012 - 5:07AM

    And what are my friends who “worship” India going to say now? ……..Who spreads hatred then? Pakistan?
    Read comments on Times-of-India and you can imagine how much “love” our Indian neighbours have for us.

    Alhamdulillah I am Azaad.

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  • Pungi
    May 12, 2012 - 6:25AM

    India its Hafeez Center not Hafiz(Saeed) Center…!

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  • Asad
    May 12, 2012 - 6:39AM

    So much for indian intelligence which sounds more like an oxymoron.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    May 12, 2012 - 8:08AM

    @To Indian Readers
    Now how would u guyz have reacted, had this been done by the other side?

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  • Moise
    May 12, 2012 - 8:29AM

    @Acorn Guts:
    Rigghhhhttt. Our media maybe be biased, pro-US but not stupid.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 12, 2012 - 8:41AM

    This shows the working of Indian intelligence agencies and its credibility.

    There must be some Indian intelligence sneaked to first malign and then to conduct subversive activities in Pakistan.

    Our law enforcement agencies should be alerted and should find out as who were the people who collected the photographs of these five people from Lahore and send it to their respective headquarters.

    The issue of publishing photographs of innocent Pakistanis has made a big question mark on the credibility of RAW and other Indian intelligence agencies.

    This will greatly hamper the process of Amn Ki Asha between India and Pakistan.

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  • huzaifa
    May 12, 2012 - 8:47AM

    @ayesha_khan:
    you Indians have one habit and that is never admit own mistake, its called CHANKIYA DOCTRINE. This attitude is the main reason of tension in south Asian region. Some how the other all neighbors are fed up from India ,i don’t know why???? Before or after every visit of notable US delegate and personality RAW which becomes WAR when read backwords have to produce some thing like an Indian soap drama to defame Pakistan. Many a times it flips.

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  • M. Siddiq
    May 12, 2012 - 8:51AM

    simple case

    identity theft, the terrorists might have used their details for passport to enter the country. used mobiles usually have pictures of the shop owner or sellers and their other personal details. an easy prey for only one to misuse. this is a good lead for our agencies to investigate further

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  • Anwar Hyatt
    May 12, 2012 - 10:20AM

    @ayesha_khan:
    Keeping thinking that “Ayesha Khan”…lol…the sad thing about you Indians is how obsessed you are with Pakistan, it’s literally getting from being a laugh to being seriously disturbing. The fact your use fake names only makes the matter even more sad…

    ROFL

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  • Ian Smith
    May 13, 2012 - 12:08AM

    I bet the Indian media will find a way to twist this into something more stupid without even realizing that their ‘intelligence’ proved to be a complete failure once again. The original story was a good read though, so thumbs up for entertainment value, and thumbs out for credibility.

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