NEW DELHI: A former Indian soldier who had fought in the Kargil war in 1999 has been arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan in the Rajouri district of held Kashmir, television reports said on Saturday.

The NDTV news channel reported from Srinagar that Munawwar Ahmad Mir was arrested on Friday in Rajouri after his name cropped up during investigations into an espionage case in which a Border Security Force official and a state government employee have already been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir.

After his arrest by a joint team of Delhi crime branch and Jammu and Kashmir police, Mir was produced before a local court and has been brought to Delhi on transit remand, NDTV said.

It said Mir was a member of the ruling Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party in Manjkote. The channel quoted unnamed sources as saying Mir had denied being part of any spy network and claimed that he was being wrongly implicated.

Published in Dawn, December 6th, 2015

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