Pak woman who entered J&K with Kashmiri husband gets five years jail

Srinagar: Faiza Begum, who along with her three minor children allegedly accompanied her husband on his return to Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 2012 under the rehabilitation scheme of former militants received five years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000, reports Indian Express.

Sheraz Ahmed, also known as Shakir, married her in PoK in 2005. The couple made a journey to Jammu and Kashmir with three minor children in 2012 through Nepal.

The husband was booked under provisions of Unlawful Activities Act, Conspiracy, Enemy Agents Ordinance, and Egress and Internal Movement Control Ordinance (E&IMCO) whereas Faiza, who is a Pakistani national, was charged under provisions of Foreigners Act and Passport Act.

On Monday, Principal Sessions Judge, Vinod Chatterji Koul in Jammu gave Faiza three years’ imprisonment and levied a fine of Rs 10,000 for breaching provisions of Section 14-A of the Foreigners (Amendment) Act, 2004, which states that no foreign national shall enter into, or stay in any protected area barring under and in accordance with a permit issued by Central government or any officer authorised by it on this behalf.

Furthermore, the 27-year-old was sentenced to imprisonment of two more years and also fined Rs 10,000 again under provisions of the Passport Act for entering India without holding a valid passport. The judge added that the two sentences will be running simultaneously.

According to the prosecution, in 2012 DySP (Operation) Gool was given information that two militants, Sheraz and Ghulam Ali, had returned to the country through Nepal after having receiving arms training in PoK, reported The Indian Express.

A police team in Jammu then arrested Sheraz, Faiza and Ghulam Ali. On Monday, the judge gave Faiza the sentence however acquitted Sheraz and Ghulam Ali for lack of evidence.

The case of Faiza, on the other hand, was different, as the judge observed that she is a resident of Rawalpindi of Pakistan, and there is no dispute over that.

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