Fresh Red Notice against Masood Azhar

JeM chief's brother too gets notice over Pathankot attack

Fresh Red Notice against Masood Azhar

Interpol on Tuesday issued a fresh Red Notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf in connection with the Pathankot terror strike.

Azhar already has a Red Notice against him for the attacks on Parliament and Jammu and Kashmir state assembly while Rauf has one for the IC-814 hijacking case of 1999.

Official sources said the fresh notice was issued on the basis of NIA securing an “open-ended” non-bailable warrant against them for conspiring to carry out the terror strike on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot on January 2, 2016.

The NIA had last month forwarded a dossier along with the non-bailable warrant issued by the special NIA court in Punjab's Mohali to the CBI, which is the nodal agency representing Interpol in India, for issuance of the red notice.

Dossier on conversations

The dossier included a telephonic conversation between the terrorists and the Jaish handlers and a video of Rauf in which he claimed responsibility for the attack.
This video was later removed from the internet.

India is not expecting a miracle on Pakistan acting on the red notice, sources said, adding they have changed their stand on allowing a reciprocal visit by NIA to Islamabad to probe the Pathankot attack.

The Joint Investigation Team of Pakistan visited India in March-April but Islamabad has so far not responded to India's request for a reciprocal visit.

Official sources said New Delhi is still waiting for a response from Pakistan on the visit by an NIA team there to review progress in the Pathankot investigation.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had raised the issue with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry last month.

They said India is ascertaining Pakistan's response and details will be worked out
subsequently.

Terror diaries

 Azhar already has a Red Notice against him for the attacks on Parliament and Jammu and Kashmir state assembly

Official sources said the fresh notice was issued on the basis of NIA securing an “open-ended” non-bailable warrant against them for conspiring to carry out a terror strike on the strategic Indian Air Force base at Pathankot.

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