Uri attack suspects return home from Indian custody

Published: March 10, 2017
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Faisal Hussain Awan and his friend Ahsan Khursheed were handed over to their families at the Wagah Border, in Lahore. PHOTO COURTESY: ANI

Faisal Hussain Awan and his friend Ahsan Khursheed were handed over to their families at the Wagah Border, in Lahore. PHOTO COURTESY: ANI

India on Friday released two Pakistani students who were falsely accused of being involved in last year’s brazen attack on a military base in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed were handed over to their families at the Wagah Border near Lahore.

India releases AJK teenagers accused of facilitating Uri attack

The teenagers were arrested days after the Sept 18, 2016 attack on a military installation in Uri area of the IOK. At that time, Indian authorities and media had claimed that the boys from Azad Jammu and Kashmir had helped in carrying out the attack in which at least 19 Indian soldiers were killed.

However, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) acknowledged that no substantive evidence could be found against the boys showing their involvement in the attack. The accused – identified as Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed – were released on Wednesday.

Uri attack: New Delhi fails to substantiate case against Islamabad

“Hussain and Khursheed have been released and handed over to the Army’s 16 Corps headquarters today (Wednesday) for sending them back to Pakistani authorities,” IANS quoted an NIA official as saying.

The NIA investigation revealed that the two teenagers crossed the Line of Control following an argument with their parents due to pressure over studies. The agency said that the evidence collected in the form of statements, technical analysis of their mobile phones, seized GPS devices and other circumstantial evidence did not reveal any linkage of the suspects with the Uri attackers.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Nazarul Islam
    Mar 10, 2017 - 3:01PM

    At least they got fair treatment which sets a good precedent for both parties. Recommend

  • Thomas
    Mar 10, 2017 - 3:11PM

    This is how real professional investigation agencies behave. Great job NIA, keep the good work. :)Recommend

  • Sunny
    Mar 10, 2017 - 10:08PM

    India can’t afford any type of escalation with Pakistan. India is on his knees now.Recommend

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