Pakistan rejects India's claim of Kashmir militant's Pakistani origin

Published: August 6, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan rejected on Thursday India’s claim that a man captured for his alleged involvement in an attack on an Indian military convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir was Pakistani.

Terming the claims “unsubstantiated and unwarranted”, government sources told The Express Tribune that National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) records have revealed that Usman Khan is not a Pakistani national.

“NADRA record shows Indian claims of an arrested person, Usman Khan, originating from Pakistan are totally baseless,” the source said.

Indian forces captured a man on Wednesday after a deadly attack on a military convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir and claimed he was of Pakistani origin. Two soldiers were killed and eight others injured in the attack mounted by a group of militants.

Read: Blaming Pakistan for Gurdaspur attack ‘unfortunate’, says FO

The militants fled into a forest, taking three passersby hostage. Soldiers later stormed a hilltop school where they were holed up, killing two of them and capturing one, officials said.

“In our preliminary questioning, he has said he is from Faisalabad, Pakistan,” Danish Rana, inspector general of police, told reporters. He identified the man as Usman, 22.

“We are going to find out what route he has taken, what was the target,” he said.

The accusation raised further tension between the neighbours following a recent attack on an Indian police station in which seven people were killed and intermittent clashes along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

Read: Gurdaspur attack exposes India’s ‘soft border’, unprepared police

Last week, gunmen stormed a police station and killed seven people in India’s Punjab state, south of Kashmir. India said the gunmen had come from Pakistan, according to an analysis of a GPS tracking device they carried. However, Pakistan rejected the assertion that the gunmen involved in the Punjab attack came from Pakistan, calling it “unsubstantiated and unwarranted”.

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  • Liberal
    Aug 6, 2015 - 1:51PM

    No need to pay any attention as this is nothing but Indian propaganda.Recommend

  • Patrotic Baloch
    Aug 6, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Indian has a habit of making false accusations so nothing new.Recommend

  • Doctor
    Aug 6, 2015 - 1:52PM

    It seems Modi ji needs new issue to divert Congress attention from his government’s abysmal performance.Recommend

  • James
    Aug 6, 2015 - 1:57PM

    Is it the same NADRA whose another article is showing up just next to this one…………..”Revealed: ‘NADRA men helped terrorists get Pakistani identity cards’”Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:00PM

    That’s what you said about Kasab and later your own media proved reviled the truth. Also the latest statement by chief investigator or FIA Mr. Tariq Khosa exposed how Pakistan authorities hide all the about 26/11 operation carried out from Pakistan. Recommend

  • sohaib
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:10PM

    it is unfortunate that et calling indian occupied Kashmir.. indian administered kashmirRecommend

  • sharabi
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:11PM

    Just like kasab & few days later accepted? you own media showed his home & interviewed his entire family? Your strategy will lead you nowhere just wait & watchRecommend

  • Prada
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:28PM

    Pakistan denied the existence of Osama and Mullah Omar too. Nothing new here. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:39PM

    Google it again kasab was proved to be Indian national, whereas the documentary that ran on geo Tv was fabricated as there is no village named fareed goth in Pakistan, further there was another video showing kasab saying ”Bhagwan Mujhe Maaf kare” he was wearing a red band called Kalava or mauli, which a Muslim or a Pakistani does not wear, it was an inside job, secondly there was an ex indian military men behind samjhota expressblast, According to Tehelka weekly magazine, Aseem anand confessed before a judicial magistrate and said he and his fellow RSS activists were involved in blasts on Samjhauta Express; at mosques in Malegaon in Maharashtra state and Andhra Pradesh’s state capital, Hyderabad; and a Muslim shrine in Ajmer in Rajasthan. u be open and try to investigate whatever is being told to you by your media.Recommend

  • N.S
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:39PM

    India need these type of attacks and a permanent anti Pakistan hysteria to gel in the Indian nation with so many different ethnic groups fighting with each other. They want to portray Pakistan as the common denominator, the common enemy…this is the reason India keep on coming with these attack to indoctrinate the Indian public minds.
    Then there are big problems like Naxalites, Moists, Mizoram and Kashmir too, with insurgencies going strong. This is the easy way out…but will have catastrophic results as Muslims in India see it differently. Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:57PM

    Every false claim cant be accepted coz of past
    What did u do with Pakistani boat of fishermen explains India’s credibilityRecommend

  • Nope
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:57PM

    Just one observation, If such things continue, day will come when even Pakistanis won’t believe their gov . As a nation you should have courage to accept something . But you couldn’t accept your wrong-doings in 71, So how can you accept this so early.Recommend

  • M. Ashraf
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:16PM

    How come a teenager have such a smile on his face if he is caught and expects severe punishment. The boy shown in the picture or screen in video is as fresh as a college going student…. How come we believe he was from Pakistan. In past so many such claims of media and official sources have been proven wrong…..!!!!Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:18PM

    As if world’s sixth most populous & nuclear nation wants to defeat world’s second most populous & nuclear nation by sending over a joker. Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:24PM

    I think you need to recheck your sources. You can just read Wikipedia and you would know your answer.

  • Fawad
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:25PM

    Mr Khosa, former DG, FIA admitted that Kasab was from Pakistan, boat origin was Karachi port and other evidences proved beyond doubt, from Pakistan govt. and still you look conspiracy theories published on google? Recommend

  • Liberal
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:30PM


    Our Foreign Office has asked proofs for the accusations made by your government. Until Indian Govt does not provide substantial proof to support its accusations, it will be nothing but a propaganda like the terror boat drama staged by your Navy official. Recommend

  • Pakistani Dude
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:36PM

    You do remember the terror boat incident don’t you? Just wait and watch.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:37PM


    Well, Pakistan can’t defeat India even if it uses all its nukes. Let’s face the facts.

    So, what Pakistan trying to do is just hurt us.

    The fact that a joker was sent also proves that your army and Lashkars are utterly incompetent.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:40PM


    “What did u do with Pakistani boat of fishermen explains India’s credibility”

    Your own Dawn news claimed that the boat belonged to smugglers.

    They may not have been terrorists, but they were smugglers.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:50PM

    @Hassan: I have seen numerous Pakistani young men from Sindh and Punjab wear red or black bands or strings which you have termed: kalava and mauli, and they were for the most part, Muslims ! Whether this is worn as a simple adornment, for some tribal reasons, or just to look ‘cool’ like some Bollywood persona, is besides the point. The fact is that it is worn here by all sorts. Also Kasab may have been initially trying to pass off looking like an Indian by wearing that band for whatever reasons…Recommend

  • Aug 6, 2015 - 3:52PM

    From which angle does he look like a kashmiri? he is a poor pakistani boy who was brainwashed and sent to India. He was nabbed and handed over by the villagers. Actually pakistani society has to look into this incident and do some introspection as to why only the poor are being targetted to do the job of some power hungry people? it’s high time. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:11PM

    @Dr Priyanka: So all you have here is to decide the nationality of a terrorist merely on his Looks, in that case kasaab was a perfect fit to be called an indian…i would appreciate if u could provide some proofs in support of your claim.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:52PM

    @Dr Priyanka: Why, are all Kashmiris supposed to look like Shashi Kapoor ?? that a Union Jack pin I see on his shirt ? Just can’t keep a Yorkshireman down !Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:53PM

    What about baseless and idiotic fabrication by your navy…Later proved wrong chased a small boat for hours….
    they might be fishermen or might be fishermen but they were not the stupid story created…Recommend

  • Paki
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:59PM

    @Pankaj: if listen to his video in which police officer was interrogating from him, he was saying ‘hey bhagwan’ ‘hey bhagwan’. these words are not in our vocab.

    @Prada: we still deny it. it hasn’t been proved. don’t just comment after reading. come up with some proof.

    @Nope: please reveal your identity, so that we can respond you accordingly. we don’t know which side you are.

    @Indian: Wikipedia is open. I can edit it to make him indian. don’t go over it.Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 6, 2015 - 5:00PM

    India and her foolish conspiracies! Is there any day when Indians do not talk about Pakistan?Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 6, 2015 - 5:11PM

    I can see why Indians are brainwashed, because they rely on unreliable sources like Wikipedia :-)Recommend

  • Vectra
    Aug 6, 2015 - 5:50PM

    Don’t need NADRA clarification and it stands no chance if raised in international level especially when it is the same NADRA that provided the pakistani citizen ID to Afganistan president Ashraf Ghani.NADRA also have denied earlier the Kasab was not in its data base but later accepted it and recently FIA chief also accepted it.So no surprise if pakistan disowns its own citizen.This disowning it own citizen is also one of the reason MQM uprising in pakistan.Pakistan is in habit to do it rather than facing and implementing truth.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Aug 6, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Another Indian drama has started…..Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Indian newspaper say that he has changed his name many times during interrogation; now he says he is Mohammad Naved. Try new search?Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:22PM

    How can you just reject the claim even without looking into it?Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:22PM

    @Zulfikar.. really? I thought Pakistani soaps and dramas were better than India’s.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:32PM

    @Paki.. he said “hey bhagvan..hey bhagvan” and thats not in your vocabulary? WHat exactly is that supposed to prove?

    @Haider.. and Navy themselves said they are wrong… unlike you rejecting everything even without looking into it…

    The world thinks every terrorist activity has links to Pakistan. Its not the fault of the world, but yours… Deal with it…Recommend

  • Aug 6, 2015 - 6:43PM

    @James: Oh is it? Quite interesting. Imran Khan is still crying for bogus and rigged voting and the poor man can not prove it. Same is with the world. America, India, Afghanistan, England, Iran all are have got hoarse throats shouting but have failed against one line mountain “we emphatically deny show us the proof” So how do you think the person giving his father, family & village details live on TV within minutes of capture is going to make against one lie ‘We deny”Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 6, 2015 - 7:29PM

    Yes indeed.
    Pakistan was not in denial of Mullah Omer in Pakistan, both Americans and Pakistan knew where he was. If Pakistan protected him it was the best thing to do with far reaching desired results. During his life and after, his role was crucial to bring about peace between Taleban and Afghan government. He might have died before completion of the task but time has shown how as a Taleban supremo his role was of utmost significance in shaping a lasting peace stretagy.

    Pakistan influence in the region has reached such a level that Indians have been brought to their knees in Afghanistan. Not only their plan of waging proxy war in Baluchistan has been successfully reversed but they have been given a big kick on their azz and denied any role in Afghanistan other than selling pakoras spices.

    As far OBL case, it was inevitable that some elements in the Pak intelligence would protect him…after all OBL and IsI had together fought a previous war for the U.S. which not only resulted in America emerging as a sole supper power but an iron bond of camaradere
    between Osam party and Pak forces. Americans have understood the logic and seem comfortable with what ever happened. In fact to the disappointment of the Indians America continues to seek Pakistan assistance including a role in neutralising Daesh/ISIS. Indians are confirmed impotent for such daring roles so they have to keep their buttts away from such matters. It is about time that Indians stop bringing up cheap and forgotten issues no one is interested to take any notice of. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Aug 6, 2015 - 7:30PM

    Indian media says ushman khan alias naved.How many different name you have heard from Indian media that you refers many times????.Plz name those different names.Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Aug 6, 2015 - 8:57PM

    To Pakistani friends: Terrorists are trained to mislead their captures & hide their origins, identity & motive. Hence it takes time to extract the true information from them. Do not expect NADRA to have a record of such people. Can someone locate the family of the boy before ISI make them vanish (or replace by fakes) and insist on a DNA test by an international agency to confirm.
    To Indian commentators: It is futile trying to convince the Pakistani commentators, most of whom remain in denial mode. It is best to present the evidence to the world community.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:23PM

    Not even 50% of the Pakistanis are registered with NADRA. Does it mean that they are not Pakistanis. Recommend

  • john
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:37PM

    Great proof found , this time not by interior minister of india or RAW or CBI but by indian newspaper Hindustan times . HT called the family located in pakistan after getting the no. from the caught guy, and they admitted he is from pakistan ….. What a proof …. Recommend

  • hzr
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:47PM

    Say this to the world and see whether they believe.Google is not gospelRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Aug 6, 2015 - 10:06PM

    Your comment:
    “@Paki.. he said “hey bhagvan..hey bhagvan” and thats not in your vocabulary? WHat exactly is that supposed to prove?”

    Pakistanis use many hindi words in their day to day life. Just recently, Asma Jahangir used hindi world like “Thakur” in a live TV debate on a Pakistani channel. Shahid Latif got angry on it. Watch this short clip:

    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf recently told the Supreme Court: “Mujh par vishvas karen”. Read this ET column:

    Read also this:‘my-children-speak-hindi-what-do-i-do’/

    Qamar Zaman Kaira has many times used Sanskrit word “Karma” which hindus believe.

    Watch this short youtube clip of Muhasher Luqman and Ahmed Querishi lamenting how Hindi and Indian culture and arts have penetrated Pakistan.

    Also google search for “International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies. ISSN 2028-9324 Vol. 8 No. 3 Sep. 2014, pp. 1120-1125” and read the report dated Sept. 3, 2014 titled “Influence of Indian culture in Pakistani society”. This report says that Indian and hindu customs have already influenced Pakistan. Marriage customs, Mehendi, Basant, flying kites, are some of these hindu/indian influences on Pakistan. This report also says that It is observed that 62 % of the incoming call tunes on cell phones are of Indian songs and only 29% are islamic tunes. Every home in Pakistan wakes up to hindu prayers they see in morning TV shows and hindu gods have already entered every home in Pakistan.

    Pakistanis celebrated Eid this time by watching Bajrangi and worship of Hanuman.Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 6, 2015 - 10:41PM

    @Another Indian
    Killing innocents first and then. admitting…Is that enough????
    world doesn’t think that way only our physco neighbours does even if dog is killed..Recommend

  • Vectra
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:00PM

    Out of 180 million pakistanis NADRA has only half of that around 96 million citizens list on its database.This of speaks the volume and nullifies the NADRA clarification of rejection. Recommend

  • dude
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:29PM

    even if the record existed, they would immediatly delete it.Recommend

  • Asok
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:56PM

    Where is this video clip of Kasab saying bhagwan?

    As for Naved, his father has confirmed he is Pakistani. What more do you want?Recommend

  • Asok
    Aug 6, 2015 - 11:58PM

    Some reports said he is only 16. If true, then LeT is violating human rights in Pakistan by recruiting child soldiers.Recommend

  • devindersingh
    Aug 7, 2015 - 12:06AM

    Don’t worry sir, indian news agency located his hime and his father in Pakistan. Let the UN session just wait and watch the will accept him as a Pakistan citizen.this time price will be higher. Recommend

  • Patriot
    Aug 7, 2015 - 12:40AM

    Sad part is we Pakistani’s can deny all we want, but there are 1000’s of Kasab’s roaming around in streets of Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar. We are shocked when APS happens or terror attack on Mosque or killing police officers. Trying to burn down neighbor we are die-ing day by day.Recommend

  • Lol
    Aug 7, 2015 - 1:02AM

    One can clearly see the dravidian features of the kid, hence he is an Indian most likely from some jammu village Recommend

  • Gp65
    Aug 7, 2015 - 3:18AM

    If the phone number was a Pakistani number, it certainly corroborates what was said by the boy on Live Tv@john: Recommend

  • Wow
    Aug 7, 2015 - 4:06AM

    @Hassan: not only there are no terrorists inPakistan, or a village named Fareed Koth, there is not even a country named Pakistan, just a part of India occupied by Arabs. Now, are you happy?Recommend

  • Wow
    Aug 7, 2015 - 4:06AM

    @Hassan: not only there are no terrorists inPakistan, or a village named Fareed Koth, there is not even a country named Pakistan, just a part of India occupied by Arabs. Now, are you happy?Recommend

  • Wow
    Aug 7, 2015 - 4:07AM

    @Hassan: not only there are no terrorists inPakistan, or a village named Fareed Koth, there is not even a country named Pakistan, just a part of India occupied by Arabs. Now, are you happy?Recommend

  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Aug 7, 2015 - 5:05AM

    It’s always denial.

    When a bomb blasts in Saudi Arabia, “chickens come home to roost”, but when bombs blast in Pakistan, then it is RAW or Afghans or whatever.

    After Mulah Omar, Osama, or Kasab’s case, when Pakistan says something, the world laughs.

    Dawood is not in Pakistan. Lakhvi is innocent. Keep believing in all this and keep hurting yourselves. We just watch from distance and have fun. Recommend

  • Indiansoil
    Aug 7, 2015 - 5:45AM

    Its really unfortunate that we neighbours are fighting on each other instead of co operating together…Simply wasting time for no benefit…We shouldnt compare india with pakistan…India is a far ahead nation in all fields like Space industry (mangalyan),in IT industry…Please grow guys…Pakistan has no stable government which is very unfortunate…Pakistan is lying…clearly the captured is saying he is from pakistan….Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 7, 2015 - 6:21AM

    It is not unfortunate. It is a fact. You have huge military presence over their occupying the people who never were and do not want to be part of India Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 7, 2015 - 6:23AM

    @wb: We have around 200. We can carry out the experiment if you wantRecommend

  • ABCD
    Aug 7, 2015 - 7:16AM

    @Afzal: I endorse your words 100% and at times fully believe that we Indians are really impotent and are afraid of undertaking daring roles. However, history also proves that the so called daring nations too had sort history of glory. What has Pakistan achieved in last 68 years of being daredevil ? You people get carried away by slight pat on your back and get used by other powers. What you have said about Indians, can be said even about Chinese. Chinese refuse to be daredevil even in taking back Taiwan. Do you think Chinese don’t have resources and power to do that ? What have Americans achieved in middle east by being daredevil ? Daring and being foolish are very close to each other most of the time. Rest assured Indians will be daring when it is really required to be so. Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Aug 7, 2015 - 7:47AM

    Even if one accepts the story that Indian coast guard fired on the boat, firing is justified if the suspects refused to surrender.
    In case the boat was fired without giving a chance to surrender, it was a crime. This is unlikely as capturing suspects live is always preferred to dead ones to be able to get evidence. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 7, 2015 - 9:42AM

    If it was in the gospel i wouldn’t have share it :) Recommend

  • PB02
    Aug 7, 2015 - 9:46AM

    @Anon For the life of me I can’t figure out what’s stopping you, do let me know if you can think of itRecommend

  • Aug 7, 2015 - 9:50AM

    You know the police, they can anyone say he/she is from Pakistan. So grow up!Recommend

  • Rahul
    Aug 7, 2015 - 10:04AM

    Everything is unsubstantiated according to Pakistan.. The fact that the terrorists in Punjab carried a GPS showing their travel route from Pakistan is unsubstantiated. The fact that under interrogation, the captured terrorist gave his home phone number and the Police talked to his father in Faisalabad who fears for his life is unsubstantiated.. The only thing substantiated is that India send a flying drone into Pakistan territory which is Chinese made and the company in China claimed never to have sold to any other country.. What a jokeRecommend

  • Haider
    Aug 7, 2015 - 10:50AM

    @Ram Dargad
    The story told is hard to believe a small boat of smugglers or fishermen was chased by India’s high technology ships for hours…It can be caught easily
    Only thing substantiated is ISI pigeon in IndiaRecommend

  • Paki
    Aug 7, 2015 - 1:03PM

    @Raj – USA and all other indian: we have live together for centuries. Therefore we have adopted many customs. But we have different religious customs, that can not be same and would never be same. infact, that was the thing, that tore the subcontinent apart. following is the link in which he says hey bhagwan.
    see after 3.00. he says bhegwan. listen carefully.

    he knows nothing about jehad. even every child know what jehad in Islam is.

    @Another Indian: what we want to prove is that drama by RAW is busted by the actor(ajmal kassab). navy was busted by internal whistle-blower.
    the world is made to believe. but we are working to untag it. see your investment in drowning in karachi, baluchistn and waziristan.

    @Vectra: source please?
    @dude: dude, its not that easy, NADRA is fool-proofed, since you know nothing, I can imagine the level of your ignorance.
    @Asok: last news i got, there is fight between bjp and congress and your interior miniter is insulted for being ignorant and un-informed. so compile and correct your facts first then come to debate.

    @Patriot: you are indian for sure.Recommend

  • patient sage
    Aug 7, 2015 - 2:46PM

    Pakistan rejected India’s claim that Pakistan Army was involved in Kargil. Later Gen. Musharaf claimed that Pakistan Army caught India by its throat. In due course of time Pakistan media or Army ,or Politicians will accept him.Recommend

  • Mouli
    Aug 7, 2015 - 3:56PM

    @Anon: “@wb: We have around 200. We can carry out the experiment if you want” – Ever heard of radiation effect ??? Impact will span thousands of miles. Those who die are luckiest and and surviving will bear the impact of radiations for generations. We will die and you will suffer due to radiation – READY ??Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Aug 7, 2015 - 8:27PM

    The boat was tracked for hours ( not chased for hours). This was done based on some intelligence reports, to see where it is going before it was intercepted. There are many distorted version of the story created by people to suit their convictions.Recommend

  • Brar
    Aug 8, 2015 - 4:45AM

    @Hassan: Please read what Mr Khosha who was DG FIA at that time and who lead the investigation he proves beyond doubt that the conspiracy of Mumbai attacks was planned in Pakistan, they found the parents of Kasab, they found the Trawler which was used from Karachi till they high jacked an Indian trawler and the also Engine of Dingy was purchased from Karachi. Read and then comment but I knpw u will not read that.Recommend

  • Brar
    Aug 8, 2015 - 4:54AM

    Dr.Pirzada aznd Zaid Hamid are also not Pakistani. Recommend

  • Wow
    Aug 8, 2015 - 8:02AM

    @Brar: No body is Pakistani. There is no such country, only Arabs, squatting on Indian soil.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 8, 2015 - 10:28AM

    Mohammad Naveed, the Pakistani terrorist captured after a deadly attack in Jammu and Kashmir, lives in the Rafique Colony area of Faisalabad city, his neighbours have confirmed. Naveed said he has two brothers and a sister. One of the brothers, he said, is a lecturer while the other runs a hosiery business. Neighbours in Faisalabad confirmed this.

    Naveed’s father Mohammad Yakub lives with two of his sons in a house at the end of Street Number 3 in Rafique Colony, the neighbours were quoted as saying by NDTV. Yakub’s third son is Naveed, the unnamed neighbours were quoted as saying on the camera.

    As legendary Amitabh Bachchan said once, “LO UB KARLO BAAT”Recommend

  • Bp
    Aug 9, 2015 - 9:18AM

    @Lol: kya aap axact institute ke graduate hain!!Recommend

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