ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has again formally requested the International Police Organisation – commonly known as Interpol – to issue a red warrant for Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London chief Altaf Hussain.
In a statement issued the interior ministry said all legal formalities required by Interpol’s rules and procedures had been fulfilled to seek a warrant against Hussain, who was “wanted by many Pakistani courts in criminal cases”.
This is the second attempt made by the Pakistani authorities to approach Interpol for a red warrant for the London-based Hussain within a span of a few months. FIA seeks approval for Altaf ‘red warrants’ in Imran Farooq murder case
A similar request was made in February with the FIA submitting a few documents to Interpol to establish that the issuance of red warrant was obligatory.
The documents included a copy of a court order declaring the MQM founder an ‘absconder’. It also included a copy of an FIR registered against Hussain for delivering a speech against state institutions on August 22, 2016. Besides, documents about a subsequent probe into the matter were also submitted.
However, Interpol declined the request stating that it did not intervene in the political and religious matters of a state. The international agency had also sought clarification from the Pakistani government over its request and sought more details of the sedition charges against Hussain.
This time around, the government has attached more relevant documents with its red warrant request to make it seem like a reasonable appeal to Interpol officials, said sources.
According to the Interpol website, a red warrant or red notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. The General Secretariat of Interpol issues the warrant on a request made by a member state or an international tribunal, based on a valid national arrest warrant for the accused.
It must be noted that Interpol cannot compel any member country to arrest an individual who is the subject of a red notice. The decision rests solely with member states.
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