Pak Terrorist Naved 'Extremely Hardened', Keeps Smiling: Sources

Mohammad Naved, the Pakistani terrorist caught in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Mohammad Naved, the Pakistani terrorist captured yesterday after an attack on a security convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur, is an extremely hardened terrorist who has constantly changed his statements during interrogation, sources have told NDTV. Pakistan has denied that Naved is their citizen.

Here are 10 developments in the story:

  1. During his questioning through the night, Naved - smiling almost constantly - has revealed that he was trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba and entered India 45 days ago, sources have told NDTV. He was also questioned for hours today. He will be shifted to Srinagar tomorrow.

  2. The 22-year-old terrorist has given various names since his capture - Qasim, Usman and then Naved. Sources say he has now gone back to Qasim.

  3. The one point that he has maintained consistently is that he is from Faisalabad in Pakistan, and he has two brothers - a lecturer and a salesman - and a sister.

  4. The terrorist has reportedly disclosed that he entered India through the Kashmir Valley during Ramzan, along with his accomplice. They had been hiding in the Kashmir Valley for over a month.

  5. Naved has told interrogators that he has been to Kupwara, Kulgam, Anantnag, Srinagar and Tangmarg.

  6. Naved and his companion traveled from the Kashmir Valley to Udhampur by truck, say sources. He has reportedly told interrogators that he received orders on Tuesday to target military convoys on a part of the highway south of the Banihal tunnel. This route is taken by Amarnath pilgrims but sources have said that pilgrims were not the target.

  7. Army sources say Naved, despite his youthful appearance, is psychologically strong and has been "thoroughly brainwashed."

  8. Naved was caught hours after he and his companion, Noman, attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy on a highway near Udhampur, killing two soldiers.

  9. Noman allegedly went around the bus firing constantly to try and get in, but a young constable, Subhendu Rai, who was wounded, blocked the door with all his strength. Another constable, Rocky, engaged Noman and shot him.

  10. Naved then fled into a forest nearby, taking three villagers hostage. He was overpowered by the unarmed villagers when he started firing from a hilltop school. The villagers snatched his AK 47 rifle, grabbed his neck and held on till security and police personnel arrived.