New Delhi, Aug 6: A day after security forces arrested terrorist Mohd Naved aka Usman Khan confessed to be a Pakistani and an LeT recruit, who was sent to India to inflict terror, Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Thursday claimed that the suspect is not a Pak national.
According to a report published in Pakistan's Dunya News, "suspect Usman Khan alias Muhammad Naved is not a Pakistani as his information was not found in the NADRA record. NADRA reported that images shown by Indian media do not match any Pakistani citizen."
Pakistan's statement comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Parliament that the 2 terrorists who attacked a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on Wednesday, killing two BSF personnel, belong to Pakistan.
"We have repeatedly asked India to refrain from accusations," Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah as saying.
In a suo motu statement on yesterday's attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also strongly condemned "the persistent attempts by terrorists from across the border to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir".
In stark contrast to NADRA's statement, the terrorist, Naved, told investigators that he is a resident of Pakistan's Faisalabad and was sent on a mission to 'kill Hindus in India'.
"Preliminary interrogation of the captured terrorist reveal his identity as Mohammad Naveed Yakub alias Usman, a resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan. He also revealed the identity of his slain accomplice as Mohammad Nomen alias Nomin, resident of Bhawalpur, Pakistan," he said.
He said two BSF personnel - Yamuna Nagar resident Rocky and Subhendu Roy of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, were killed and 14 others injured in the attack around 18 kms from Udhampur town, he said.
While one of the militants involved in the attack was killed, the other was apprehended by local people and police.
Naved during the investigation confessed that he was part of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, the same outfit which carried out the attacks at Gurdaspur last week.