Islamabad: An Interpol delegation led by the body’s chief Ronald K Noble is in Pakistan to seek its cooperation to help identify terrorists worldwide, including those involved in the 26 November attacks on Mumbai, and to enhance cooperation in the war on terror.
The delegation is scheduled to take up these matters with interior ministry chief Rehman Malik, a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari, and other senior officials today.
The team is visiting Pakistan to seek the country’s “agreement to work through Interpol to help identify terrorists worldwide, including those behind the deadly November 26-29 terrorist bombings in Mumbai”, said a statement from Interpol.
It will discuss the ways in which Interpol can work with Pakistan “in relation to the Mumbai bombings to enhance regional and global investigative efforts on the terrorist attacks”.
The team will “enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the wake of the 20 September suicide truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad”, the statement said.
It will provide a classified briefing to Pakistani officials on the Marriott Hotel bombing which killed nearly 60 people, including the Czech envoy and two US Marines.
The briefing will ascertain “what additional intelligence about the suspects can be shared with all of Interpol’s other 186 member countries”.
Interpol will also discuss the organisation’s offer to deploy its advanced technology to secure Pakistan’s borders by next year. The technology, known as MIND/FIND, enables immigration officials to carry out direct screening of passports and identity documents on a real-time basis against Interpol’s global database of over 16 million stolen and lost travel documents.