Interpol issued fresh ‘red corner notices’ on Tuesday against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf for their alleged involvement in an attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot, according to reports.
The special National Investigation Agency court in Punjab’s Mohali had recently issued arrest warrants for the JeM chief and his brother. The court in Punjab’s Mohali also issued arrest warrants for Kashif Jaan and Shahid Latif, considered to be the handlers of the Pathankot attackers.
The ‘red corner notice’ is issued “to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action”.
On Tuesday, ANI quoted sources as saying that the Interpol is also in the process of issuing ‘red corner notices’ against Jaan and Latif.
Six militants infiltrated the strategic Pathankot air base in January, killing seven soldiers and forcing a new low in troubled bilateral ties between the two countries.
Pakistan has repeatedly said there isn’t enough evidence against Azhar. An Indian move to designate Azhar a terrorist at the UN security council was blocked by Islamabad’s ally Beijing recently.
An Interpol ‘red corner notice’ is already pending against Azhar for his alleged involvement in the conspiracy behind attacks on Parliament and Jammu and Kashmir state assembly.
Similarly an Interpol ‘red corner notice’ is pending against Rauf in connection with the IC-814 hijacking case of 1999.
With inputs from agencies