LAHORE: The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is currently hunting down 160 Pakistani nationals, including 12 women, on requests made by the governments of Pakistan, the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Botswana.
The website of the 89-year-old Interpol, the world’s second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations in terms of membership, reveals that the ages of these alleged Pakistani criminals being chased, range between 19 and 68 years.
Before we move on, it is noteworthy that Interpol gets 59 million Euros annually as contributions from its 186 member countries. Interestingly, the name of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the 62-year-old leader of the quasi-political Difa-e-Pakistan Council and the Emir of the globally renowned Islamic charity Jamaat-ud-Dawah, also features prominently in the Interpol’s “Wanted List.”
However, the name of Hafiz Saeed is erroneously mentioned or typed as “Sayed Hafiz Saab” on the France-based Interpol’s website.
According to this website, which claims to receive 2.2 million page visits every month on an average, Hafiz Saeed is being sought by India in crimes such as kidnapping, life and health, terrorism and offences involving use of weapons/explosives — with reference to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
According to Interpol, Hafiz Saeed hails from Sargodha and his date of birth is mentioned as 5-6-1950.It is pertinent to note that while Hafiz Saeed’s name was included in India’s widely-publicised list of 50 most wanted fugitives hiding in Pakistan (list released on May 11, 2011) while the United States had announced a bounty of $10 million on him in April 2012 for his alleged role in 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Along with Hafiz Saeed, the name of the 51-year-old Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is also there on this Interpol’s “Wanted List.”Lakhvi is accused of crimes that are similar to the ones ‘allegedly” committed by Hafiz Saeed. On December 3, 2008, India had named him as one of the four possible major planners behind the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
He is wanted in India by the Additional Sessions Judge of the Mumbai sessions Court.The Okara-based Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is believed by Western and Indian media to be a founding member of the banned LashkarHYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lashkar-e-Taiba”-e-HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lashkar-e-Taiba and currently serves as Supreme Commander of operations in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the name of the 47-year old Rohullah Khan, the alleged killer of Syed Sardar Ahmed (the then attorney general and a former judge of Peshawar High court), is also there in the list under review, despite being reportedly arrested in Dubai by Interpol very recently.
Rohullah, we all know, had managed to flee from the country on July 29 by an Emirates Airline flight through a fake passport.Interestingly, this list under review still doesn’t bear the name of Asad Ali, the investigative reporter of the British tabloid “The Sun,” despite reports that the Federal Investigation Agency has written a letter to Interpol for the UK journalist’s arrest on charges of falsifying his details and identity while applying for a Pakistani passport.
The FIA has already registered a case against Asad Ali, dubbing him the key accused in the passport scam, which had inflicted enough damage to country’s reputation around the world on the eve of the on-going Olympics.
Moving on, the name of Ilyas Kashmiri, the 48-year old senior al-Qaeda member and leader of the HarkatHYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harkat-ul-Jihad_al-Islami”-HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harkat-ul-Jihad_al-Islami”ulHYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harkat-ul-Jihad_al-Islami”-Jihad al-HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harkat-ul-Jihad_al-Islami”Islami is also there in this list.
In August 2010, the US and the United Nations had designated him a terrorist. Eminent American news channel, the NBC News, had reported that United States officials had mentioned Kashmiri as a possible successor to Osama bin Laden. According to the Interpol website, Kashmiri is wanted by the United States in terrorism-related offences.
The Interpol list also includes the name of eminent 65-year-old Pakistani business tycoon, Ameen Qasim Dada, who is wanted in fraud cases by the Special Judge (Central-II), Karachi.
Similarly, yet another magnate Muhammad Rafiq Tawakkal (51-year old) also features in this list. He is wanted in his home country in fraud, forgery and counterfeiting cases.
Then we have the names of Messrs Rana Maqbool Ahmed (former IG Police Sindh and former Punjab government Prosecutor), former Ehtesab Bureau Chairman Saif-ur-Rehman and his brother Mujeebur Rehman (former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman) in this Interpol list.
The Red Warrants of this trio were issued on September 30, 2008, when Irfan Siddiqui, the Additional District and Sessions Judge (Karachi South) had ordered the Interior Ministry to seek Interpol’s help to nab the absconders involved in a case of attempted murder of President Asif Ali Zardari during his detention in May 1999.
The court had declared the afore-mentioned accused (along with their two other accomplices) as proclaimed offenders under sections 87 and 88 of the Criminal Procedure Code, and had ordered the Interior Ministry to contact Interpol for arrest in this context.Here follow a few details about the dozen Pakistani women being hunted by the Interpol:
The 52-year-old Islamabad-based Kehkashan Ramzan Khokhar is wanted in life and health fraud, hooliganism and vandalism cases.The 28-year-old Tasleem Gul is wanted by the Venture County, California (United States) on charges of kidnapping. Tasleem originally hails from Lahore.
The 37-year-old Mehwish Saleem Baig (having multiple nationalities) is being hunted by the US government in kidnapping cases.The 63-year-old Shaista Gillani from Jhang is wanted at home in a fraud case.
The 47-year-old Shaheena Asghar of Lahore is wanted by the Judge Accountability Court (Lahore) in a fraud case.The 30-year-old Mubeen Sarwat of Lahore is wanted in Pakistan for kidnapping, life and health, counterfeiting, forgery and fraud cases.
Then, four Mardan-based women — the 33-year-old Shehla Khan, 56-year-old Shaheen Akhtar, 37-year-old Seema Ayaz and the 35-year-old Ghazala Gohar — are all wanted in Islamabad in some kidnapping cases.
The 32-year-old Flora Mahmood is wanted by the United States in a kidnapping case.
The 35-year-old Sabeen Ayesha Mazhar (hailing from Lahore) is wanted by the Canadian government for crimes against children and kidnapping.
Apart from Tasleem Gul, Flora Mahmood, Sabeen Ayesha Mazhar and Mehwish Saleem Baig (details mentioned above), here follow the names of more Pakistanis wanted by foreign governments:
The 34-year-old Malik Umer Hayat is wanted by Saudi Arabia on crimes related to life and health.
The 31-year-old Waheed Sarwar is wanted by Copenhagen City Court (Denmark) on crimes related to life and health.
The 31-year-old Maksood Ahmed is wanted by New Delhi’s Sessions Court on charges such as life and health and use of weapons/explosives, etc.
The 37-year-old Igbal Malik Yasir (probably Iqbal Malik Yasir) is wanted by Kazakhstan in a fraud case.
The 46-year-old Syed Hassan Iftikhar (having both Pakistani and Canadian nationalities) is wanted by governments of United Kingdom and Cayman Islands in fraud and theft cases.
The 55-year-old Muhammad Hayat is wanted by the United States in fraud and money laundering cases.
The 66-year-old Sri Punjabi (having both Pakistani and American nationalities) is being hunted on request of the Judicial District Court of Texas (United States) for his alleged involvement in life and health cases.
The 49-year-old Alim-ud-Din Khan is on the Interpol “Wanted List” for his alleged involvement in crimes on life and health, offenses related to human smuggling, trafficking and illegal immigration.
Muhammad Shafi (age 49 years) is wanted by Saudi Arabia in a fraud case.
The 55-year old Muhammed Zafar is wanted by Saudi Arabia in counterfeiting and forgery cases.
The 39-yeaer old Muhammad Nawaz of Lahore is wanted by Botswana in theft cases.
The 44-year old Fazal Sabiz Khan is wanted by Saudi Arabia in a fraud case.
The 46-year old Muhammad Azam Bajwa is wanted in counterfeiting/forgery and fraud cases by the state of Maryland, United States.
The 67-year old Muhammad Ishaq Zafar of Gujranwala is wanted in fraud cases by the authorities in Florida (United States).
The 37-year old Faraz Kashif Zafar is wanted in the United States in crimes against children and other sex crimes.
The 28-year old Khizar Hayat of Gujranwala is wanted in theft cases by the County Court of Suffolk, New York (United States).
The 42-year old Adnan Latif Qureshi is wanted in fraud cases by District Court of New York.
The 34-year old Naveed Aftab Khan of Karachi is wanted in sex crimes, kidnapping, life and health by the US Court of General Sessions in South Carolina.
The 42-year old Zaigham Khattab Khan of Murree (Pakistan) is wanted in sex crimes by the Court of Common pleas in Pennsylvania, United States.
The 28-year old Umer Javed Malik of Gujrat is wanted in life and health cases by the Superior Court of Durham County, North Carolina (United States).
The 34-year old Imran Farasat Sulaeman (who also holds a Spanish nationality) is wanted by the Metro Jaya Regional Police of Indonesia on charges of kidnapping, life and health.
The 50-year old Muzammil Butt is wanted in India in crime cases pertaining to life and health, organized crime/transnational crime and terrorism.
The 42-year old Abu Hamza Mohammad Ramadhan Siddiqui is wanted in Mumbai (India) for his alleged involvement in crimes related to the use of weapons/explosives, life and health, terrorism and kidnapping etc.
The 58-year old Syed Mahmood from Karachi is wanted by the United States for fraud cases, and so is the 56-year old Rana Ehsan.
Following are the names of the Pakistanis wanted at home:
Asad Kamran of Jhang, Waseem Akhtar of Gujrat, Muhammad Baig of Gujrat, Najeebullah of Faisalabad, Rana Ashfaq of Faisalabad, Muhammad Imran of Mardan, Akbar Khan of Hangu, Sanaullah Bajwa of Faisalabad, Khurram Shahzad Bajwa of Faisalabad, Zakaullah Bajwa of Faisalabad, Ziaullah of Sialkot, Mehboob Ahmed of Jhelum, Shabbir Malik of Sialkot, Sial Khan of Hangu, Ahtasham Arif of Gujrat, Mazhar Iqbal of Gujrat, Waqas-ul-Hassan of Bahawalnagar, Yasir Cheema of Sialkot, Azhar Iqbal of Gujrat, Ishaq Durrani of Charsadda , Wasam Alam of Gujrat, Khalid Mehmood of Lahore, Zaighim Abbas of Gujrat, Khalid of Dadu, Bilal of Miana Gondal, Muhammad Ashraf of Gujrat, Tanveer Ahmed of Faisalabad, Sarfraz Ahmed of Gujranwala, Abid Rasool Gujjar of Marakkah near Lahore, Rahamzada of Upper Dir, Nadeem Ahmed of Sialkot, Nasar Iqbal of Gujrat, Mohd. Saleem of Sialkot, Tahir Nazir of Nankana Sahib, Mohd Malik of Sultanpur Noon, Akbar Butt of Lahore, Ehsanullah Khan of Mardan, Faisal Hussain of Jhelum, Afzaal Mehdi of Kharian, Mohd. Shahbaz of Sultanpur Noon, Mansoor Ali Shah of Karachi, Naqi Riaz of Lahore, Sohail Shamshad of Lahore, Nazir Ahmed of Gujrat, Sheraz Hanif of Lahore, Ghulam Abbas of Gujrat, Mohd. Javed of Chak Jhumra near Faisalabad, Iqbal Hussain of Karachi, Adnan Rasheed of Sialkot, Salman Rasheed of Faisalabad, Bilal Aziz of Gujrat, Faisal Umer Hayat of Lahore, Syed Ahsan Raza of Lahore, Mohd Ashraf of Chak Jhumra near Faisalabad, Muhammad Zikriya of Karachi, Mohd Imran Riaz of Sargodha, Abdul Qayuum of Khushab, Arshad Mehmood of Sargodha, Ihsanullah of Chak Jhumra, Naheed Iqbal of Bhimber, Naveed Iqbal of Bhimber, Qasim Ali of Chak Jhumra, Tasawwar Hussain Gilani of Sialkot, Saqib Saeed of Rawalpindi, Kashif Mehmood of Rawalpindi, Farham Firdous of Rawalpindi, Nasir Ahmed of Sahiwal, Mohd Inayat of Gujrat, Tanveerullah of Karak, Mohd Saadat Khan of Mianwali, Azizur Rehman Mishwani of Haripur, Ijaz Ahmed of Gujrat, Mohd Asad of Gujrat, Mudassar Butt of Narowal, Saifur Rehman Khan of Punjab, Farooq Amin Qureshi of Dadu, Mujeebur Rehman Khan of Punjab, Rana Maqbool Ahmed of Punjab, Ataullah Bajwa of Faisalabad, Mohd Hassan of Lahore, Gulistan Mishwani of Haripur, Chaudhary Iftikhar of Lahore, Rehan Iftikhar of Lahore, Shahbaz Hussain of Sialkot, Sher Khan of Gujrat, Maqsoodur Rehman of Lahore, Abid Masood of Lahore, Muhammad Asjad of Gujrat, Naeem Aslam of Gujrat, Iftikhar Ahmed of Gujranwala, Rahimzad Gul of KP, Khurshid Gujjar of Sialkot, Mubashar Butt of Narowal, Mohd. Sabir of Gujrat, Mohd Ikram of Gujrat, Malik Imdad Hussain of Chakwal, Muzammal Sahotta of Bahawalnagar, Samar Abbas of Kharian, Mohd Faheem of District Karak and Syed Javed.
These afore-mentioned Pakistanis, who are wanted by authorities and courts at home, have made up to Interpol’s “Wanted List” for crimes aimed at somebody’s life and health, hooliganism, for use of weapons/explosives, terrorism, drug-related offences, kidnappings, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting and human trafficking etc.