The Times of India on November 2, 2012 released the following:
Vishwa Mohan, TNN
“NEW DELHI: India will next week ask Pakistan to act on all pending Interpol Red Corner Notices (RCNs) that have been issued by the global police body against terrorists and other criminals, including the 26\11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and 1993 Mumbai blasts’ kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, over the years.
The issues relating to pending RCNs will be raised by home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde when he meets his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on the sidelines of the Interpol General Assembly to be held between November 5 and 8 in Rome.
Though New Delhi had raised the pending RCN issue with Pakistan several times in the past at bilateral foras, raising the issue in Rome assumes significance since a General Assembly session proposes to make the ‘notice’ system a deterrent for criminals\terrorists.
In view of how Saeed continues to roam free inside Pakistan despite a pending RCN against him, India will also ask the Interpol member countries to make the organization more effective in honouring such notices against fugitives including terrorists.
Saaed alias Syed Hafiz Saab has not only been roaming free in full public view in Pakistan ever since the Interpol notice was issued against him at India’s behest in 2009, but also been provided security by state authorities within that country.
“Saeed’s case makes a mockery of the RCN system which expects a member country to put the fugitive under arrest. Hence, it prompts New Delhi to flag the issue at the gathering in Rome, seeking more power for the international police body,” said an official.
Shinde is proposed to seek more teeth for the global police body in the ministerial meeting which is to be part of the Interpol’s 81st General Assembly in Rome on November 5.
The matter, besides other issues including concerns over cyber crime and circulation\printing of fake currency notes, will be pitched further during the General Assembly meetings by Indian delegation comprising senior officers of home ministry and CBI.
At present, the Interpol has 190 member countries, including Pakistan. Justice, security and home ministers from over 100 countries will participate in the General Assembly, which is to be opened for the first time with a ministerial meeting.
Though over 160 Interpol RCNs are pending against fugitives wanted by Indian law enforcement agencies, India is specifically concerned about over 45 terrorists who are suspected to be in Pakistan. Besides Saeed, the list includes Ibrahim, hijackers of IC-814 flight, members of Indian Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Khalistani terrorist groups.
Those who are not in public view may give Pakistan a benefit of doubt as the country never accepts their presence within its territory. “But, the presence of Saeed marks the ineffectiveness of the Interpol institutional arrangement where majority of the member countries consider Red Notice to be a valid request for provisional arrest,” said the official.”
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