India puts Pakistani diplomat on wanted list


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has added a Pakistani diplomat to its growing list of people wanted for various acts of alleged terrorism in India, Hindustan Times reported on Monday.

Diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui has been added to the wanted list that already features Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. The agency has put his photo on its wanted list and sought information about him.

Siddiqui had during his stint at Pakistani High Commission in Sri Lanka in 2014 allegedly conspired to carry out terror strikes in India on the US and Israeli consulates in South India, says the charge sheet filed by the NIA in February.

The NIA has also initiated the process for securing an Interpol Red Corner notice against him. After Siddiqui was nailed, Sri Lankan authorities expelled him from the country.

The Pakistan diplomat was named by a Sri Lankan resident Sakir Hussain, who is at present undergoing a simple imprisonment after pleading guilty in a court of law. He was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police after the Intelligence Bureau busted the conspiracy in April 2014.

Siddiqui was working as visa counselor at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo but had to be repatriated to Islamabad after India mounted pressure on Sri Lanka about his alleged activities targeting this country.

The documents handed over by the US to India established communication between Hussain and ‘Shahjee’, a Pakistani national introduced to the accused allegedly by a Pakistani diplomat working with its mission in Sri Lanka.