India releases list of 50 ‘most wanted fugitives’ in Pak
By Rizwan Khatik - Sat May 14, 6:58 am
NEW DELHI: Stepping up pressure on Pakistan,India on Wednesday came out with a list of 50 “most wanted fugitives” from law here hiding inPakistan that includes underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, 26/11 mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and dreaded terrorist Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
The list, which was given to Pakistan during the home secretary-level talks between the two countries in March, has Hafiz Saeed on top followed by Major Iqbal, a suspected serving ISI officer who also figures in the FBI indictment in aChicago court in connection with the Mumbaiattack.
The release of the documents comes two days after the government made public the names of five Pakistanis who had figured in the second chargesheet in the Chicago case of having taken a leading part in the Mumbai attack conspiracy.
It also comes in the midst of acute discomfort for Pakistan which has been tying itself in knots over the charge of sheltering al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a unilateral US special forces action in Abbottabad.
Interestingly, Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday had said that Dawood Ibrahim was not living in his country.
Today’s list of 50 fugitives also includes Jaish-e- Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, the principal accused in the 2001 Parliament attack after his release in exchange of hostages in the Khandhar hijack episode in 1999.
Another big name that figures in the list is Illyas Kashmiri, who is accused of transnational crimes and conspiracy to commit various terrorist acts in India and who figures in speculative reports as the one tipped to become al-Qaida chief after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Others in the list are close associates of Dawood, Memon Ibrahim alias Tiger Memon, Shaikh Shakeel alias Chhota Shakeel, Memon Ayub Abdul Razak, Anis Ibrahim Kaskar Shaikh, Anwar Ahmed Haji Jamal and Mohammed Ahmed Dosa, all involved in the 1993 serial bombing in Mumbai.
Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Sayeed Salauddin, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Amanullah Khan, Punjab terrorists Lakhbir Singh, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, Ranjit Singh alias Neeta and Wadhawa Singh were also named as most wanted fugitives.
Names of Mumbai terror attack case accused Sajid Majid, Major Sameer Ali, Sayed Abdul Rehmanalias Pasha and Abu Hamza were included in the list of fugitives.
Key Dawood gang members Javed Patel, Slaim Abdul Gani Gazi, Riyaz Abu Bakar Khatri, Munaf Abdul Majid Halari, Mohammad Tainur, Khan Bashir Ahmed Ainul Haq Khan, Yakub Khan, Mohammad Shafi Memon, Irfan Ahmed Gulzar, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Ishaq Atta Husain alias Ali Moosa, Sagir Sabir Ali Shaikh, Aftab Batki find mention in the list of India’s most wanted fugitives.
Rashid Abdullah alias Abu Rehan, involved in 2008 Bangalore blasts, LeT commander Cheema Azam, Syed Zabiuddin Jabi, who was involved in 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, Indian Airlines IC 814 hijacking case accused Ibrahim Athar, Azhar Yusuf, Mistri Zahur Ibrahim alias Bhola, Sayeed Shahid Akhtar, Shakir Mohammad alias Ram Gopal Verma, Abdul Rauf are also included in the list.
Sufiyan Mufti, prime accused in the Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya muder case, three accused in the 2003 explosion in Mumbai’s Mulund railway station – Nachan Akmal, Khan Wazhul Kamar and Chaneparambil Mohammed Bashir -, Yaqoob Khan Pathan, involved in recruitment of Indian boys for terrorist activities and Amir Khan, who was involved in transnational crime, also included in the list.