NIA issues red corner notice on Pak-based JEM chief Masood Azhar

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Crucial link Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e- Mohammad
Crucial link Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e- Mohammad Photo: Reuters

A red corner notice has been issued by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and others for attacking Pathankot airbase.

Earlier, the agency issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Azhar, his brother Asad Rauf, Kashif Jaan and Shahid Latif.

An Interpol red corner notice is pending against Azhar for being involved in the conspiracy behind attacks on Parliament and J&K Assembly.

The decision came after the NIA presented proof before the court, including details about terrorists and telephonic conversations between terrorists and their JeM handlers. An Interpol red corner notice is also pending against Rauf in relation with IC-814 1999 hijacking case .

India had built a strong case for declaring Azhar as terrorist at the UN, but India’s plan was vetoed by China last week. This is not the first time China has done so.

The UN had banned the JeM in 2001, but India’s efforts to slap sanctions on Azhar after 2008 Mumbai attacks came to nought as China again stood in the way.

Meanwhile, India is likely to take up the issue of blocking its move to get Azhar charged as an global terrorist when foreign ministers as well as Special Representatives (SR) meet for border talks in recent future.

While foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on 18 April, National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval will call on Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi on 21 April.

India would not the Azhar issue to impact other aspects of bilateral ties as made clear by foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

Swaraj will go to Moscow for Russia-India-China trilateral meeting, while Doval will proceed to Beijing for SR talks.