March 2003 News

I Was Forced To Name Pak Envoy: Habib

4 March 2003
The Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Resiling from her earlier statement that she had received money from the Pakistan High Commission here to fund separatist activities in India, arrested Hurriyat activist Anjum Zamrooda Habib has told a Delhi court that she had made the statement under police pressure. Police had 'forced' me to make 'false entries' in the diary (seized from her possession), she told designated judge SN Dhingra, when she was produced before him for extension of judicial remand. Asked by the judge as to why she had admitted to having received the 'nazrana' when she was produced before him on February 7, Habib said she had never used the word 'nazrana' in court. On the admission part, Habib said, 'I was pressurised to depose so since they (police) were taking me on ten days remand.' She prayed the court not to believe the allegations levelled by the police following which the judge reassured her that he would look into the matter at the right time. Habib, who was arrested on February 6 allegedly while returning from the Pakistan High Commission, had in her statement before the court admitted that the money seized from her was given by the high commission for Hurriyat chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat. The incident had led to India and Pakistan expelling some diplomatic staff.


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