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Andarabi sent on physical remand

September 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Sept 11: A local court of Islamabad on Wednesday handed over Syed Mohammad Shoaib Andarabi, nephew of Kashmiri leader Syeda Asiya Andarabi, on three-day physical remand to Tarnol police.

Shoaib, son of Syed Ziaul Haq Andarabi, brother of Ms Andarabi, was arrested during a police raid on September 7 at his residence in Sector G-15/1.

During the raid, Syed Irtiyaz Gillani and Dr Syed Mujahid Gillani, sons of Ms Andarabi’s sister, however, escaped from the scene.

Shoaib Andarabi was arrested by Tarnol police on September 7.

He was booked under section 324/109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 4/5 of Explosive Act and Section 13/20/65 of the Pakistan Arms Ordinance.

These sections are related to attempt to murder, abetment in crime, possessing explosive material and illegal weapons.

Earlier, Tarnol police submitted an application before the civil judge/duty magistrate Inamullah Khan and sought Mr Andarabi’s custody for seven days.

In the application, the police said they had recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from his possession and expressed their suspicion that he belonged to a militant organisation.

“The custody of accused person is necessary for investigation and to arrest his other accomplices,” the application added.

The judge, however, sent Andarabi on three-day physical remand which is subject to medical examination.

The accused be produced on September 14, the judge said.

Tarnol police brought Andarabi in the district courts on Wednesday’s afternoon but after noticing presence of local and Indian channels they covered his face.

According to the police, the other accomplices of Andarabi who escaped during the raid belonged to Indian-held Kashmir.

They are the nephews of Ms Andarabi, the founder and chairperson of Dukhtaran-i-Millat (DeM) or Daughters of the Nation.

This all-women Islamic group is part of the freedom-seeking All Parties Hurriyat Conference and its agenda includes imposition of Islamic law in Kashmir.

The DeM has not been involved in militancy but is known for its vigilantism.