Three Indian citizens, including a man linked to the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai, were issued Pakistani passports by the country’s consulate in the U.S. city of Houston, an anti-corruption court has been told by a senior diplomat.
Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston, Aqil Nadeem, appeared as a witness in the accountability court in Rawalpindi on Monday and confirmed that Pakistani passports were issued by the consulate to Indian nationals Aziz Moosa, Saleem Ali and Abdul Sadiq.
Mr. Nadeem told Judge Wamiq Javaid that the passports were issued by the Houston consulate as had been alleged by the National Accountability Bureau, the country’s anti-corruption agency, in its case against former Consul General Ghulam Rasool Baloch and other persons.
He said cases of misappropriation of funds had also figured in a report of the audit of the consulate’s financial records.
According to information provided to NAB by the U.S.’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, Moosa was issued a Pakistani passport in the name of Syed Nazar Ali, Saleem Ali in the name of Karim Ali and Abdul Sadiq in the name of Sultan Abdullah.
An American passport bearing the name Syed Nazar Ali was found after the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai and probe revealed the man was actually an Indian national named Aziz Moosa.