More than a month after National Investigation Agency (NIA) chargesheeted Pakistani diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to wage war against India, the agency has added Siddiqui to its wanted list.
The NIA has also released his photo, seeking information on his whereabouts.
According to reports, Amir Siddiqui was allegedly masterminding a 26/11-like plot to attack US, Israeli consulates and Army and Navy commands in south India in 2014.
The agency will be sending a request to Interpol seeking red corner notices (RCNs) against the Pakistani officer, who was repatriated to Islamabad soon after his cover was blown.
Two others Pakistani nationals have been put on the wanted list, both of them are alleged to be Pakistani intelligence officers – one is known as ‘Vineeth’, while the another has a code name of ‘Boss alias Shah’.
This is the first time that India has put a Pakistani diplomat’s name on the wanted list or sought a red corner notice against one.
WHAT IS SIDDIQUI ACCUSED OF ::
Amir Zubair Siddiqui stands accused of conspiring to cause explosions at the American Consulate in Chennai, the Israeli Consulate in Bengaluru, and at various places of public gathering in south India.
The NIA claims Siddiqui was working in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, when the conspiracy was hatched.
The development comes at a time when both India and Pakistan have accused each other of harassing diplomats and their families. That matter was later put to rest following diplomatic parleys.
Though diplomats have diplomatic immunity, this will be a direct case where India will produce evidence against a Pakistan diplomat in a foreign country.
By: India Today
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