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Pakistan may have no option but to arrest LeT founder

world Updated: Aug 26, 2009 02:17 IST
Abhishek Sharan

The Interpol on Tuesday issued its Red Corner Notice (RCN) against the alleged 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, a Pakistani national who heads the Jamat-ud-Dawa and is the founder of its terror arm, the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT).

This makes it obligatory for his country’s authorities to nab and hand him over to India.

“The Interpol issued a Red Corner notice against Hafiz Muhammed Saeed for his involvement in orchestrating the Mumbai attacks,” confirmed CBI’s spokesman Harsh Bhal. “It means wherever he might currently be, whether Pakistan or anywhere else, that country’s authorities are legally obliged to arrest and hand him over to India for the 26/11 probe.”

A Mumbai special court hearing the 26/11 case had earlier issued a non-bailable warrant against Saeed and 34 other Pakistanis. A 10-member LeT team of suicide attackers, including Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only one to get caught alive, had executed the terror attack.