Is Seema Haider a Pakistani spy? Top UP cop cautions don’t jump the gun

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Lucknow, 19 July: The mystery surrounding Pakistani native Seema Ghulam Haider, who came into India via Nepal to be with her lover Sachin Meena, persists.

The Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) interrogated her and Meena for eight hours for the second day in a row before allowing them to return home.

“All agencies are carrying out their responsibilities. Because this is a situation involving two countries, it is not appropriate to say anything until there is adequate evidence. She was previously imprisoned and is now out on bail. More steps are being taken…” Prashant Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Police’s special director general (law and order), was mentioned on Wednesday in answer to an inquiry about whether Seema Haider is a Pakistani spy.

“No team is going anywhere,” Kumar said when asked if a UP Police team will be travelling to Nepal. Haider is claimed to have failed to answer questions about her motivation for illegally entering India during her questioning by the UP ATS on Tuesday.

During the questioning, representatives from the Intelligence Bureau were also present. The IB has requested a report from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the central force in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar that patrols the Indo-Nepal border.

According to UP ATS sources, Seema Haider was questioned about her relatives in Pakistan and claims that her uncle and brother were in the Pakistan Army. She denied the allegations and stated that her brother was preparing to join the Pakistan army.

According to Haider, she met Sachin Meena while playing the online game PubG. They started having private discussions and fell in love. Both spouses claim they met in Nepal in March of this year and married there.

Haider ‘escaped’ Pakistan with her four children two months later, travelling through Dubai and Nepal to settle in Greater Noida. The Indian authorities are investigating if she is a spy for Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).