Hafiz Saeed Calls Her Sister

Aasiya Andrabi is accused of being a key motivator of the students’ protests in Kashmir (File Photo)

New Delhi: 

Kashmiri separatist Aasiya Andrabi, who was brought to the Delhi headquarters of the National Investigation Agency, has been undergoing questioning, investigators said. The 56-year-old chief of the banned Dukhtaran-E-Milat (daughters of the nation) has been lodged in the NIA lock-up. Every few hours, a new set of women interrogators arrive to quiz her on her association with Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and why she always takes such hardline position against India.

Aasiya Andrabi – accused of being a key motivator of the students’ protests in Kashmir valley following the death of Burhan Wani in 2016 – was arrested in April. She was brought to Delhi from a Srinagar jail for questioning after the agency got her custody for 10 days on Friday.

Investigators say Aasiya Andrabi openly affiliated with Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed for years, but she never had to face the law. “She addressed a rally of Hafiz Saeed on telephone. He calls her his sister,” an officer associated with the investigation said.

A scrutiny of Aasiya Andrabi’s Twitter handle reveals that many Lashkar operatives are her followers. “Some of them are active terrorists based in Kashmir Valley and some even in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir,” an officer said.

The NIA, he said, is translating her tweets, which are mostly written in Urdu. “She openly tweets anti-India sentiments,” an officer said.

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