NIA Issues Arrest Warrant Against JeM Chief Maulana, 3 Others

NIA secured non-bailable arrest warrants against Masood, for conspiring to carry out terror strike on Pathankot.

Published: 09th April 2016 04:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2016 04:22 AM   |  A+A-


Mulana Masood Azhar, a leading Pakistani Islamic cleric, arrives at Karachi Press Club to address a press conference 04 February 2000.| File/AFP

MOHALI: The court of additional sessions judge T P Singh, the designated court for the NIA, issued non-bailable warrants on Friday against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and main handlers Kashif Jaan and Shaid Latif, in the Pathankot attack case.

An NIA team came to the court from Delhi and received the warrants. The warrants were issued after the NIA team presented tapes of telephonic conversations between the terrorists and the Jaish handlers and also a video of Rauf, which was uploaded on a Pakistani website in which he claims responsibility for the attack and compliments the slain terrorists — Nasir Hussain (Punjab province), Abu Bakar, (Gujranwala), Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum (both from Sindh). The video has since been taken down.

Now, these warrants will be sent to Interpol. An Interpol Red Corner Notice is already pending against Azhar for his involvement in the conspiracy behind the attacks on Parliament and the J&K Assembly. Similarly, an Interpol Red Corner notice is pending against Rauf in connection with the IC-814 hijacking case of 1999.

Seven security personnel were killed in the attack at the IAF base. The NIA has already sought voice samples of Azhar and three others from Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team.

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