Pak national nabbed in Chile not IC-814 hijacking accused: PakistanApril 14th, 2011 - 1:55 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, April 14(ANI): Pakistan has refuted a Chilean Police claim of having arrested Mufti Abdul Rauf, the younger brother of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, who is accused of financing and coordinating the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane, according to a media report.
Chilean Police had arrested someone else since Rauf was very much present in Rawalpindi, The News quoted well-informed officials in Pakistani security agencies, as saying.
Chilean authorities had informed the Indian Central Bureau of Investigations through Interpol on April 11 about the arrest of a Pakistani national, Abdul Rauf, who matches the description of the person charge sheeted by the CBI in the IC-814 hijacking.
While Indian authorities have quickly dispatched a high-level CBI team to Chile to verify the identity of the detained person, Pakistani authorities said the actual name of the person arrested in Chile last week is Mohammad Abdul Rauf, who is a Pakistani national and has been charged with possessing a fake visa.
The detained person has nothing to do either with Jaish-e-Mohammad or any other Pakistani militant group and the Indian probe agency (CBI) would soon come to the same conclusion, they added.
From an Indian point of view, any evidence that could establish Pakistan’s involvement in the hijacking episode could put enormous pressure on Islamabad for the custody of the hijackers.
The report also quoted Mufti Abdul Rauf’s close circles in Islamabad, as claiming that the news about his arrest was part of an ugly plot by the Indian agencies to malign him because they have failed to produce even single evidence about his involvement in the hijacking episode which had taken place over a decade ago.
The CBI has filed a charge sheet against ten people in the December 24, 1999 hijacking case, including three Indians- Abdul Latif alias Patel, Bhupalmar Damai alias Yusuf Nepali and Dilip Kumar Bhujel.
The other seven accused are all Pakistani nationals- Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Zahoor Ibrahim, Shahid Akhter Sayed and Shakir and accomplices Yusuf Azhar and Abdul Rauf. (ANI)
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