India puts Pakistani army officers on "most wanted" list

Published: May 11, 2011
Timing of the list release coincides with increasing pressure on Pakistan over claims it harboured Osama bin Laden.

Timing of the list release coincides with increasing pressure on Pakistan over claims it harboured Osama bin Laden.

NEW DEHLI: India has named five Pakistani army officers in a list of 50 criminals it wants extradited to stand trial on terror charges, the first time India has directly accused serving Pakistani military officers of being involved with militancy.

The “most-wanted list” was handed to Pakistan in March, its contents have only just been released. The timing of the release coincides with increasing pressure on Pakistan over claims it harboured Osama bin Laden.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai presented the list to his Pakistani counterpart, Qamar Zaman Choudhary, during a meeting in March, a senior government official with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

New Delhi has long accused Pakistan of harbouring militants such as the those behind the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that killed 166 people, who it says were supported by the country’s military intelligence agency, the ISI.

In addition to five serving majors in the Pakistan army, the list includes accused underworld leader Dawood Ibrahim, and suspected members of militant groups al Qaeda, Lakshar-e-Toiba and Jasih-e-Mohammed.

U.S. special forces killed bin Laden at his home in a military town 50 km from Islamabad this month, leading to accusations that security agencies were either incompetent or sheltering the word’s most wanted man.

Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have gone to war three times since 1947. The two sides have been making tentative moves to revive a sluggish 2004 peace process that was broken off by New Delhi following the Mumbai attacks.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Afghanistan “in the near future” to discuss security and development, a senior government official said on Wednesday, amid regional uncertainty following bin Laden’s death.

Any quickening of the endgame in Afghanistan is a concern for India, which fears a U.S. withdrawal would leave it exposed to an unfriendly, Pakistan-dominated neighbourhood and unfettered militancy in its backyard.

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  • Blunt!
    May 11, 2011 - 7:57PM

    No surprises there.

    Even the CIA has released a list of the perpetrators behind Mumbai attacks marking in the former ISI cheif Major Iqbal as one of the conspirators!

    A major reform is required in Pak’s foreign as well as internal policies! Wonder when that is happening…Recommend

  • NA
    May 11, 2011 - 11:20PM

    India just trying to get cheap political gain out of US-Pak souring relations.Recommend

  • Khan
    May 11, 2011 - 11:35PM

    Maybe we too should hand over a list of indian generals wanted for genocide, murder and rape in kashmir. Recommend

  • Massileaks
    May 12, 2011 - 12:49AM

    Let our neighbour bark because thats what they are good at. Lets put Modi , gujrat police and Kashmir indian army officers on world most wanted. They have and are committing atrocities against muslims and christians. Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 1:02AM

    This is a malinged and nefarious conspiracy to defame Pakistan. that is a role only the Pakistani military has a monopoly off performingRecommend

  • pl/sql
    May 12, 2011 - 4:00AM

    And why is this news? Pakistanis are in chronic denial! You are tiring the rest of world Pakistan.Recommend

  • Paki
    May 12, 2011 - 4:19AM

    What business does india have in Afghanistan .. Other to possibly use this as a base for destabilising Pakistan… Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 12, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Hahahaha. Not a surprise as what else can you expect from a snake. And same goes for CIA. All we have to do is to get our house in order and it will automatically take care of all the wolves. Recommend

  • A J Khan
    May 12, 2011 - 11:23AM

    India is like a frog inspired by a horse to nail horse shoes in its feet.
    Pakistan has FIRs against all the top leadership registered in Tench Bata, Ichra and scores of POLICE STATIONs around Pakistan against the bomb blasts which India has been carrying out in Pakistan.
    India should hand over the perpetrators of the Samjotha express. I am sure the “LITHROL” of Punjab police will open their mouths in confession.Recommend

  • ghairatmand
    May 12, 2011 - 7:42PM

    @A J Khan: Seriously ? So what is stopping Pakistan to produce such a list ? Has Pakistan till date produce any shred of evidence to prove Indian hand in any trouble in Pakistan except for just claiming it in news media? You guys so blindly follow your leaders that amazes everyone around the world. It amazes how an entire generation can be so mis led and naive that they don;t ask basic question for all claims.Is there any substantial evidence / proof besides words to prove Indian involvement. If there is please present and punish the perpetrators. Have you in any of your media seen any such article where they showed material proof and not just speech from Hamid Zaid claiming Indian Involvement everytime something goes wrong in Pakistan? Recommend

  • ani
    May 13, 2011 - 3:30AM

    To quote a Pakistani writer – Zafar Hilaly, “Pakistani public is an ostrich with its head buried in the sand” when it comes to terrorism. Bred on Islamic supremacy, bad history and total hatred of India, it claims to want peace but on its terms – until then let the “good” terrorists conduct mayhem. The world is more than convinced that ISI / Army / Civilian leadership with support from the common man is fostering and supporting terror around the globe. But Pakistanis with an exaggerated image of self think it is India and the world that is the problem! Pakistanis are willing to blow their own heads off as long as they can point a gun at India and others. Welcome to the land of “pure”. Recommend

  • Malay
    May 13, 2011 - 4:33AM

    Your quote from Zafar Hilaly says it all.
    Truly it’s the “land of pure”. Who ever coined this term deserved a noble prize. Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 13, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Badnaam honge to kya naam na ho ga? To be named in most dubious and notorious lists is also an achievement beside surrendering more than half the country and Kargil. Recommend

  • noor
    May 13, 2011 - 12:35PM

    No evidence as yet of any Pakistani involvement, seems to be insiders job like that of 9/11.

    Do you think Pakistan is your province that hands over persons to you?

    try to come out of fool’s paradise!Recommend

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