NIA court issues arrest warrant against Masood Azhar

NIA court issues arrest warrant against Masood Azhar

Chandigarh/New Delhi: National Investigation Agency Friday secured non-bailable arrest warrants against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and two others for allegedly conspiring to carry out the Pathankot air base attack in January this year.
A special NIA court based in Mohali issued the ‘open-ended non-bailable warrant’ against Azhar, his brother, Kashif Jaan and Shaid Latif for allegedly entering into a conspiracy with JeM militants for carrying out the attack on the air base, killing seven security personnel.
Four bodies of the attackers were recovered from the encounter site which lasted for nearly 80 hours.
The special court issued the arrest warrant after weighing the evidence presented by NIA before it which included telephonic conversation between the attackers and Jaish handlers like Jaan and Latif.
NIA has already sought voice samples of Azhar and three others from Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which came to India for carrying out a probe in the Pathankot attack.
The non-bailable warrant will be sent to Interpol. India had built a strong case for proscribing Azhar as a “terrorist” at the UN but the move was vetoed by China.
India has complained to Pakistan about the slow pace of probe in the Parliament attack case and Azhar being given a free hand to continue with his anti-India rhetoric.
Islamabad has not heeded to India’s demands to bring to book Azhar and other JeM top brass.

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