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Pathankot attack: Interpol issues Red Corner notice against Masood Azhar

The Interpol has issued red corner notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf for their alleged role in the conspiracy to attack the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

Masood Azhar-AV

The Interpol was recently approached by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) to issue a RCN against Azhar and three others in the Pathankot case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was forwarded documents along with non-bailable warrant issued by a special NIA court in Mohali. The investigative agency is the nodal agency representing Interpol in India.

A dossier along with the non-bailable warrant issued by a special NIA court in Mohali in Punjab was reportedly sent to the CBI, which is the nodal agency representing the Interpol in the country.

As per reports, the NIA had sought warrant against 47-year-old Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf, Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif, two handlers of JeM terrorists who had infiltrated into India through Bamiyal sector of Punjab in the wee hours of December 30 to launch the terror assault.

The JeM terrorists had initially hijacked a taxi and killed its driver Ikagar Singh before commandeering another vehicle which carried a Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, his friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal on the intervening night of December 31 and January one.

The terrorists, four of whom have been identified as Nasir Hussain (Punjab province), Abu Bakar, (Gujranwala), Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum (both from Sindh), entered into the IAF base and carried out a suicide attack in the wee hours of January 2.

The NIA has sent supplementary Letters Rogatory to Pakistan detailing his role in the Pathankot attack in which all the six attackers and seven members of the Indian Armed forces were killed.

The NIA also wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs seeking a visit to Pakistan to extend their probe of the attack, to which Pakistan hasn’t replied.

In the meantime, NIA said that after posting the pictures of the four dead terrorists on its official website, more information was coming from across the world which included many people from Pakistan who were eager to share details pertaining to the slain militants.

The four terrorists were identified as Nasir Hussain (Punjab province), Abu Bakar, (Gujranwala), Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum (both from Sindh).

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