In a bid to improve ties with Pakistan, the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in 2010 had released alleged Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terrorist Shahid Latif, handler of the terrorist group that attacked Pathankot air base on 2 January, said reports.
If the reports are to be believed, the latest revelation are set to embarrass the Congress as a report in Times of India claimed that Latif, who was serving term in Indian jails on terrorism charges, was released on 28 May, 2010 as a "goodwill gesture".
Reportedly, 24 other militants who belonged to JeM, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were also released and sent to Pakistan.
According to the TOI, Pakistan had said that the releases will carve a way of conducive atmosphere for the two nations to settle their long-standing differences.
Latif is learnt to have a close relationship with Masood Azhar, who is the alleged Pathankot terror attack mastermind.
Meanwhile, Interpol has issued a Red Corner notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Md Rauf.