The father of the Pakistani militant who was caught alive after Wednesday's attack on BSF convoy in Udhampur has said he fears Lashkar-e-Taiba will kill him and his family.
Speaking to an Indian national daily, Mohammad Yakub said the militant captured alive after the attack, which killed two jawans and injured many others, is his son.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on Thursday, Yakub lamented he is the "unfortunate father" of the militant, Mohammad Naved. He added Lashkar-e-Taiba was after his son and that his family will be "killed" now.
"I'll be killed. The Lashkar is after us and the fauj is after us... You are calling from India. We'll be killed. I am the unfortunate father," Yakub told HT. "The Lashkar is after us. They probably wanted him dead and not caught alive. Please spare him."
Yakub hung up the phone after speaking to the daily for one minute and 20 seconds and his phone has been switched off ever since, HT reports.
Naved had attacked a BSF convoy along with an accomplice, who was killed by BSF jawans after the militant opened fire at them.
However, Naved managed to escape taking three people hostage at gunpoint and tried to cross over to the Pakistani side of the border. He was overpowered by the hostages when they stopped to have food.
During interrogations, he first said he was Usman Khan, but later changed his identity to Qasim Khan and then Naved. He claimed to be a member of LeT and said he was from Faisalabad in Pakistan. However, Islamabad denied his Pakistani nationality, saying his name is not in the database of Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority.
"We have seen media reports and cannot respond on that basis. We expect the Indian authorities to share information on claims being made in the media," a Pakistan foreign office spokesperson said.
However, India claims that Naved is a Pakistani national and his accomplice was also from the neighbouring country.
"Preliminary interrogation of the captured terrorist reveal his identity as Mohammad Naved Yakub alias Usman, a resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan. He also revealed the identity of his slain accomplice as Mohammad Nomen alias Nomin, resident of Bhawalpur, Pakistan," Rajnath Singh said in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.