Qureshi, the suspected ISI agent, had been held during Gujarat riots

Lucknow court sends ISI agent Aftab Ali on 9-day remand

Mumbai (Maharashtra), May 4: The Mumbai Police, in a joint operation with the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), arrested another suspected Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent here today.

Resident of Faizabad's Khwaspura locality, Ali was arrested on a tip-off provided by military intelligence and state intelligence agency, said Arun. Qureshi had allegedly deposited money in the bank account of Aftab Ali, another ISI agent, in Lucknow for carrying out espionage activities, he said.

Javed Naviwala has allegedly confirmed to the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad that he had asked hawala trader Altaf Qureshi to send 15,000 rupees after a call from Pakistan but he was given to understand that this money was to help a poor man meet his medical expenses. He had direct links with ISI in Pakistan.

ATS sources said Aftab had gathered information on several army cantonment areas and defence establishments in the state.

Addition Director General, law and order, Aditya Mishra told the English daily that Ali was in touch with an official in the Pakistan embassy in Delhi whose name is being verified.

Aftab was also allegedly keeping a close vigil on troop movement in the area, especially between Faizabad and Lucknow and deployment of Army battalions. "Aftab returned to India on June 28, 2016, and was in constant touch with officials of Pakistan High Commission", the ADG said.

The operation was being led by Additional SP Rajesh Sahni.

"Based on electronic surveillance of his cell phone, we developed more information about his activities and arrested him on Wednesday", an official said.

During the duo's interrogation, it was found that Javed used to get instructions from Pakistan and at his behest Qureshi often deposited money in Aftab's bank account, he said.

The priest-turned-politician had also asked the officials concerned to ensure laying of 4-lane road connecting famous temples for the convenience of visitors.

The trio was involved in an espionage racket, said Arun.

According to the latest alert, the ISI is planning to launch attacks in UP. A Khurasan module was unearthed after Saifullah's death in March.

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