The Indian government will send an updated ‘most wanted’ list to Pakistan next week, reported the Times of India on Wednesday.
According to sources, the Indian ministry of home affairs will hand over this list to the ministry of external affairs which will then give it to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, said the report.
According to NDTV, the new list has 48 names, including Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and other alleged masterminds of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks and other terror strikes in India.
Pakistan will receive a revised list of fugitives after “thorough verification and a correction process” as the earlier list of the 50 most wanted terrorists sent by India was found to be erroneous.
The updated list has been compiled after every detail was “meticulously checked” from various law enforcement and intelligence agencies, a home ministry official told the Indian news agency IANS.
“The list is ready but is being verified again,” the official said. Sources said the ministry had got input from all the investigating agencies, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the police from various states.
The list was withdrawn when it was revealed that the two Pakistani people named in the list were present in India –one of them in a prison in the metropolis, while the other person was out on bail and was living near Mumbai.
Following the incident, a CBI inspector was suspended and two senior officials were transferred. According to the Times of India report, India is also likely to inform Pakistan about these two people.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.
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