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Police and intelligence agencies had recovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and spying implements from the house raided over the weekend.—File Photo
Police and intelligence agencies had recovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and spying implements from the house raided over the weekend.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD, Sept 10: Three brothers and their families who lived in the outlying Sector G-15 are untraceable since the Islamabad police and intelligence agencies raided their house over the weekend and discovered spying implements and arms there, and arrested their cousin from the Indian-held Kashmir staying with them.

Their neighbours told Dawn on Tuesday that Dr Mujahid Gilani disappeared with his wife and the wife of Irtiyaz-un-Nabi Gilani from their Gilani Manzil, situated in Street 21, G-15/1, in the nick of the time, soon after Irtiyaz fled the scene firing at the joint raiding team and the visiting cousin Syed Mohammad Shoaib was arrested.

Zulqarnain Gilani, the third brother, occasionally visited the house, mostly in what appeared to be military uniform, said the neighbours. They said the three families occupied the basement and mezzanine of the house, while the main ground floor appeared not in use.

Disappearance of all the occupants of the house has deepened the mystery surrounding the raid and their alleged blood relationship with Aasiya Andarabi, leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a vigilante group of Indian-held Kashmir.

Diplomatic sources say that the blood relationship of Irtiyaz Gilani with Ms Andarabi came to light when Indian intelligence intercepted a senior Hurriyet leader’s telephone call.

Shoaib, the arrested man, was said to be a distant relative of Ms Andarabi whose vigilante group is part of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference of the Indian-held Kashmir.

Sources close to the raiding team said Irtiyaz, who was misidentified as Irtiqaz in the FIR that police registered about the case, is a junior lecturer of electronics at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). He graduated from the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology.

A visit to the Gilani Manzil, where four small surveillance drones were found among a big arms cache, showed it standing rather isolated, with neighbouring houses far and in between. Those living closest were reluctant to talk about their now mysterious neighbours. A few, however, opened up when assured their names would be kept secret.

One of them said that ‘professor’ Irtiyaz and Dr Mujahid had been regular occupant of the Gilani Manzil for three years. Dr Mujahid had worked in POF Hospital, Wah Cantonment, for years before joining a clinic at G-15 Markaz.

Their father is also a doctor by profession and working abroad. Shoaib, the man in police custody, arrived in Islamabad a few weeks ago from Saudi Arab.

“Their other brother (Zulqarnain) used to visit and stay in the house quite often. Usually he came in military uniform,” he said. “The inmates of Gilani Manzil kept to themselves and only male members were spotted on their way to mosque or their jobs.”

Another man residing in the same Street 21 recalled that on Friday nights all the three brothers were seen together with their families.

“But the newspapers and TV channels reported that only one (of them) was arrested, while Irtiyaz escaped,” he said, wondering about the whereabouts of the rest.

Sources close to the investigations said that the Gilani family hailed from Srinagar in the Indian-occupied Kahmir. It migrated to Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir in 1989 and moved to Muzaffarabad three years later, only to move Abbottabad after three months in the Azad Kashmir capital.

They shifted to Islamabad and started living at Gilani Manzil three years ago.

Shopkeepers of the Markaz told Dawn that Dr Mujahid started practicing as general physician in a clinic in the market just one month ago.

However, all sources were tight lipped about the activities of Zulqarnain.

A workshop, equipped with all sorts of tools and equipments, existed in the Gilani Manzil’s basement. Some sources suspected that Irtiyaz fabricated the remote-controlled planes recovered from the house there. He made alteration in the planes’ model by installing three to four boxes at top to carry explosives for terrorism, they said.

The sources said investigators traced some foreign accounts operated by the suspects and probe was in progress.

They think the suspects planned terrorist activity in collaboration with Al-Qaeda and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.

A senior officer when contacted for confirmation expressed “complete ignorance” about Zulqarnain’s profession.

But the officer commented that the suspected activities in the Gilani Manzil could be a follow-up of the botched terrorist attempt at Bhara Khau, which led to the recovery of a vehicle packed with explosives from a house. People behind the two events might be connected, he added.

An FIR has been registered with Tarnol police station about the latest recovery by SHO Mohammad Ashraf.

While suspect Irtiyaz escaped firing at the raiding team, Shoaib was arrested and he led the team to the explosives and ammunition buried in the lawn of the house.

A police team again visited the house on Tuesday and dug up more spots inside and outside the house and also searched the house but found nothing, the sources said.

Comments (26) Closed

Syed Ahmed Sep 11, 2013 07:09pm

Few month ago I warned through my letter that terrorists could use toy planed for striking their target has proven to be true. Thanks to Allah that the miscrants have been caught in time.

HM Sep 11, 2013 08:01pm

How the terrorists fled... Who gave tip off??? But it good sign Govt is working...against terrorism.

A. Khan Sep 11, 2013 10:27pm

Trust our police and "intelligence" agencies to fail in simple matters such as arrest of suspects. Why was the house not surrounded ? Why did no one chase the guy who escaped ? It looks like the occupants were tipped off before hand.

Agha Ata Sep 11, 2013 10:42pm

Total waste of good brains. I wonder what kind of government or society could use them for a better purpose. :(

gangadin Sep 11, 2013 11:05pm

If you recovered spying equipment, then obviously they knew you were coming.

Parvez Sep 12, 2013 12:08am who tipped them of ?

Qaiser Bakhtiari Sep 12, 2013 12:14am

Too often in Pakistan we use the word mysterious and hidden to substitute our laziness and lack of will to investigate any thing in depth.

Ahmer Sep 12, 2013 01:07am

This is a plot by India to malign Andarabi and her Dukhtaran-e-Millat which is making a major contribution in the ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir. Shoab must be released immediately and case closed.

Kamal Ahmed Sep 12, 2013 01:20am

One can very easily say, how ill trained and ill-literature our LEAs personnel are? They all are touching these sophisticated material by bare hand and subsequently destroying finger prints evidence and others clues.From the picture, it is evident that Police authorities are not serious as no high ranking officers are there to brief though it was very big haul from security and safety points of view in current scenario. And again, Pakistani LEAs will destroy the evidences to trace down the culprits and our image will tarnish in International arena if terrorist hit back. Is any one there in helm of Pakistani power to look into this apathy????

K.A.Muhammad. Sep 12, 2013 05:00am

Notwithstanding tall claims of "Red Alert" and "High Alert", the disruptive elements are as usual busy in completion of their mission.

It is indeed beyond comprehension as to how do they manage to get into the country such arms, ammunitions and equipment to achieve their targets?

It seems that there are ways and means within the state machinery that makes things easier for these destructive elements.

The state machinery needs to be replaced.

bash gul Sep 12, 2013 07:28am

Dr Mujahid Gilani disappeared with his wife and the wife of Irtiyaz-un-Nabi Gilani from their Gilani Manzil, in the nick of the time, soon after Irtiyaz fled the scene firing at the joint raiding team

This shows the inefficiency of our security agencies. They cant even plan a successful raid.

beam Sep 12, 2013 11:04am

Andrabi has been crying her heart out for Pakistan and now her ilk has been caught fomenting terrorism there. Wonder what she is thinking at this moment.

Rishi Sep 12, 2013 01:23pm

*Diplomatic sources say that the blood relationship of Irtiyaz Gilani with Ms Andarabi came to light when Indian intelligence intercepted a senior Hurriyet leader

HH Sep 12, 2013 06:39pm

Sir Irtyaz Gillani is my Teacher and Supervised my Bechlors Final Project in IIUI. He is a nice gentleman and I can't believe he ran away firing at raiding team. This report is completely vague It seems that reporter know nothing about the event.

Sara Nadeem Sep 12, 2013 07:13pm

As the report first broke out in the media it was told that two men and three women were arrested from the house but how it now converted to one man who is a distant relative....What would be the amount of cost involved to make five persons to one is surprising the other thing if govt is serious to root out terrorism now instead of an unidentified head they have got a complete man (in bara kahu Imambargha incident) with identifications and family also identified to have links from a banned organization. Now after they knew the masters and organizations why dont they root out the whole organization and the big bosses. If they are serious

Shahpur Sep 12, 2013 07:44pm

First thing that caught my eyes is the "BIG BELLEYS", of the police men. Are they required to do any exercise.

expaki Sep 12, 2013 08:01pm

@A. Khan: ***Khan Sahib, Do not you see the "OFFICER" holding a packet in picture? And you expect of him to chase anyone ? :-)) ***

Ahmer Sep 12, 2013 09:00pm

Before passing judgement, please remember that they are related to Aisha Anarabi, a major freedom fighter in IHK, There must be some misunderstanding.

farooq Sep 12, 2013 10:54pm


ssf Sep 12, 2013 11:19pm

@Syed Ahmed: Allah has nothig to do with it. Allah gave the brain so use it

krishnan Sep 13, 2013 02:51am

@Ahmer: Is it not obvious, D Millat is a RAW outfit!

Ahmer Sep 13, 2013 06:15am

We must handle this case with care and discretion. No one is more loyal to Pakistan than Aisha Andarabi.

Sidra Sep 13, 2013 01:49pm

Read this story in The Hindu. The police was actually after the tenant. It seems that the whole drama was played to discredit Andrabi in the first place. The boy accused of so much is just 16 years old and had come to his home country to pursue engineering, like most of us expats. Hindustan times says that the younger brother who is a doctor is not even married. I wonder where our journalists get these stories.

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zahid Sep 13, 2013 03:08pm


You are vey right HH. Sir Irtiyaz was the most humble and respected teacher in our faculty. He never preached hatred. I have seen his little daughter in university. He is a good father too. Even the International media is saying it was the tenant. Has anyone bothered to check that ! These ppl are pro pakistanis and seems its a big conspiracy.

captainjohann Sep 13, 2013 05:10pm

The fellow is coming from Saudi arabia but every one thinks it is RAW. People do not seem to know about Prince bandar's out fit which is functioning in Bahrain,Syria,Jordan,Egypt,Bangladesh,India and ofcourse Pakistan.

Naveen Sep 13, 2013 06:00pm

Bards of same feather flock together . Hope Pak learns some lesson.