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Delhi court issues NBWs against five Pakistanis

Jiby Kattakayam

Directs prosecution to get U.N. Security Council Interpol Special Notice against Saeed and Lakhvi

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday issued non-bailable warrants against five Pakistanis in a case filed by the National Investigation Agency, charging them with facilitating terrorist attacks in India, but rejected its application for NBWs against Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the first and second accused.

While agreeing with the prosecution's charges against the seven, Special Judge (NIA) S. P. Garg said no purpose would be served by issuing NBWs against Saeed and Lakhvi. For, a Mumbai trial court had issued NBWs against them and subsequently Interpol also issued Red Corner Notices.

Mr. Garg directed the prosecution to get the “United Nations Security Council Interpol Special Notice” against Saeed and Lakhvi, on the strength of the NBWs issued by the Mumbai courts.

The NIA counsel had on Tuesday said Saeed and Lakhvi could be issued the “Special Notice” as the Security Council had imposed sanctions on them for their ties to the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.The five persons against whom NBWs have been issued are Karachi residents Sajid Mir alias Wasi and Abdur Rehman Hashim, Pakistani army officers Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali, and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir resident Illyas Kashmiri. All the accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the SAARC Convention (Suppression of Terrorism) Act for “facilitating terrorist acts and acts preparatory to terror attacks between 2005 and October 2009 in India including Delhi”.

Mr. Garg said the statements of Lashkar activist David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American, the case diaries and documents purportedly provided by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to the NIA prima facie showed the active involvement of the seven accused in a criminal conspiracy to conduct terrorist acts within the jurisdiction of the court.

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