Family of man who 'implicated' Liyaqat knows little and fears the worst
The role Sabir Khan Pathan exactly played in Liyaqat Ali Shah being identified as a Hizbul Mujahideen militant by the Delhi Police isn't clear. However, the man accused of "implicating" Liyaqat, who had a Delhi Police address in his papers, is no less a mystery for his relatives and acquaintances here.
With Pathan officially missing since Liyaqat's arrest, villagers in Gelana, about 200 km from Bhopal, say they could never figure out what he did in Delhi. The accounts of his occupation vary, though the word "agency" comes up often, and while Pathan claimed to have connections to powerful people and to be paid well, villagers say he never appeared to have much money on him. His relatives also believe that he was a hunted man who could be in danger.
In his 30s, Pathan is wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which alleges he planted the arms and ammunition that the Delhi Police claimed were meant for Liyaqat.
The Delhi Police, which held Liyaqat on the Nepal border in March, accuses him of being a Hizbul militant. The J&K Police and Intelligence Bureau, however, say he is a reformed militant who was returning from PoK as part of an amnesty scheme. The NIA has been asked to investigate the matter. Liyaqat is now out on bail.
Pathan's cousin Amzan Khan, who was called to Delhi for questioning, and another cousin Azam Khan claimed that Pathan was in Gelana during Ramzan last month and had been walking about openly when the NIA first started looking for him, but that the agency didn't arrest him then. They also said that Pathan had wanted to surrender.
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