Maulana Azhar declared proclaimed offender by NIA court

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The special court of the National Investigation Agency bas issued a proclamation order against Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others. This would mean that Azhar is a proclaimed offender which makes it easier for the NIA to seek his custody. Azhar currently is residing at Pakistan.

Maualana Masood Azhar

The NIA had moved the court seeking to declare Azhar as a PO in connection with the Pathankot Attack case. The court had issued notices under Section 82 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Azhar was required to respond to the notice by 30 days. However since he failed to do so the court declared him a PO.

The others declared as Proclaimed Offenders are Azhar's brother Abdul Rauf and two alleged handlers, Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan.

The order comes just a few hours after China blocked a move to ban Azhar at the United Nations. China, this time blocked the ban proposed by the US, UK and France.

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