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Fresh warrants against Headley, Rana, Hafiz Saeed, others issued

The court issued fresh non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against nine persons after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) moved an application and informed it that these accused are ‘absconding’ and the warrants issued against them earlier have not been executed yet.

Besides Headley, Rana, Saeed and Lakhvi, fresh NBWs were issued against Pakistan Army officials Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali, top al-Qaida operative Illyas Kashmiri, believed to have died in a drone attack in Pakistan, Headley’s handler Sajid Malik and former Pakistani Army officer Abdul Rehman Hashmi.

‘An application is moved seeking issuance of NBWs against nine accused persons. It is informed that charge sheet has already been filed in this case. Perusal of the record shows that earlier NBWs were issued vide order dated 30 May, 2013. The same have not been executed as the accused persons are absconding,’ Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma said.

‘In view of the prayer made in the application, issue fresh NBWs against accused A-1 to A-9 returnable by 4 January, 2014,’ the judge said.

These nine accused were chargesheeted by NIA in December 2011 for allegedly entering into a conspiracy with members of banned terror outfits Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and HuJI to commit terrorist acts in India.

The court had earlier taken cognisance of the NIA’s charge sheet against all the nine accused for their alleged roles in various terror acts in the country.
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