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Mumbai Attacks
Interpol issues arrest warrants against 2 Pak majors, others

New Delhi, October 7
International arrest warrants were issued by the Interpol against five Pakistani nationals, including two serving Army Majors, for their alleged role in the Mumbai terror attack and plotting to carry out more strikes in India.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the role of Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley in India, had approached the court of the Delhi Additional Sessions Judge, which issued a non-bailable warrant against the five Pakistanis.

The Interpol Red Corner Notices were issued against Illyas Kashmiri, Major Sameer Ali, Major Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Hashim alias “Pasha” and Sajid Majid alias Sajid Mir, a NIA official said today. The action followed a request from India. India has already secured a Red Corner Notice against Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafeez Saeed, his close aide Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Mohammed Ramadhan Mohammed Siddiqui alias Abu Hamza.

The court issued the non-bailable warrant against the five — all of whom speak Hindi, English and Urdu fluently — after the NIA submitted the interrogation report of Headley conducted by its officials during their visit to Chicago in June. The names of these five were also included in several dossiers sent by India to Pakistan.

Headley helped the NIA identify voices of handlers giving instructions to the holed-up terrorists during the 60-hour carnage in Mumbai in November 2008.

The handlers included Abu Hamza, the man who carried out the attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and a key planner, instructor and handler. He also identified Sajid Majid, a top LeT terrorist, who asked the terrorists in Chabad House to ensure that none of the Israelis were left alive. Abdur Rehman retired in 2007 from the Pakistan Army as a Major.

He worked closely with Lashkar-e-Toiba and coordinated the activities of Headley. Major Iqbal was Headley’s handler who arranged funds and training in intelligence-gathering. Iqbal gave him $25,000 in August 2006 to visit India. Another Pakistani Major Sameer Ali was also named by the Pakistani-American terrorist. — PTI 

The Notorious Duo

l Major Iqbal, 45: Headley’s handler

He arranged funds and training in intelligence-gathering, gave Headley $25,000 in August 2006 to visit India. He was the key handler of the 10 terrorist who attacked Mumbai and is named in dossiers submitted to Pak.

l Major Sameer Ali, 44: Named in dossier submitted to Pak

The Pakistan Army officer played active role in Mumbai attack and was named by Headley during his interrogation





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