Qureshi, suspected ISI agent, had been held during Guj riots

A 37-year-old hawala operator, who allegedly funded a suspected agent of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, has been arrested, a police official said today.

In a joint operation conducted by the UP ATS, Military Intelligence and UP Intelligence, Aftab was picked up from Faizabad, 120 km from here, earlier this week.

Ali had been allegedly approached by the ISI operatives over the phone in 2014 after his visa to meet his relatives in Pakistan was rejected by the high commission three times, an unidentified official told Hindustan Times.

Suspected ISI agent Aftab Ali arrested by UP ATS in Faizabad. He added that he got a call from Pakistan saying 'Dava-paani ke liye paise bhej do (send some pocket money)' to the alleged ISI agent Ali. But they hadn't been able to link him to anything much. The UP ATS was in possession of strong evidence against him. The Maharashtra ATS said they were scanning his phone records to get a clearer picture of his handlers. "Aftab returned to India on June 28, 2016, and was in constant touch with officials of Pakistan High Commission", the ADG said.

He had allegedly provided information about the army's movements and units in Faizabad, Lucknow and Amritsar, he said.

The operation was being led by Additional SP Rajesh Sahni.

Qureshi would deposit money in Aftab's Lucknow account to carry out espionage activities.

The ATS official further added that more than 20,000 people of Rajkot's Dorji area reside in Karachi.

Acting on intelligence inputs, security was upgraded at several religious places - including Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura - and also at vital installations, including airports, bus and railway stations. Also, officials have recovered some suspicious messages from Naviwala. "We are coordinating with other agencies to thwart such attempts", Arun said.

According to the latest alert, the ISI is planning to launch attacks in UP. We are also going through the accused's bank statements, but it seems they mostly dealt in cash. A Khurasan module was unearthed after Saifullah's death in March.