Pakistan Fails to Catch 19 Most Wanted LeT Terrorists, Even 12 Years After 11/26 Attack | India News
LAHORE: Twelve years after the 11/26 attack, Pakistan has placed 19 members of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on a list of “most wanted terrorists” for their role in the heinous assault, but has not started any serious effort to catch them and also punish seven others who are facing trial here.
The security agencies here have no idea of the whereabouts of these 19 most-wanted terrorists. Some of them have been hiding in Pakistan and others are believed to have fled the country. These terrorists were members of the crew of the ships used by the attackers or funders of the 11/26 attack.
The move to place 19 LeT terrorists on the list apparently came after the recent decision by the Paris-based global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog to keep Pakistan on its gray list until February 2021.
The Financial Action Task Force made the decision after Islamabad failed to meet its six key obligations, including failure to act against two of India’s most wanted terrorists: Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed. , and the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Masood. Azhar.
Security agencies have prepared a list of more than 1,200 most wanted / high-profile terrorists in Pakistan to allow for greater coordination between authorities to hunt them down, officials from the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) told PTI.
The FIA, Pakistan’s main investigative agency, has been investigating the Mumbai terror attack case since 2009 and is searching for the 19 “most wanted terrorists” involved in the deadly terrorist attack that sent shockwaves across the country and it even brought India and Pakistan to the brink. of a war.
In November 2008, 10 LeT terrorists sailed to Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks, killing 166 people and wounding more than 300. Nine of the attackers were killed by the police, while the only survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and hanged after a trial in India.
On the 12th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack, its mastermind Saeed is in jail in Lahore, serving a collective sentence of more than 21 years on terrorist financing charges.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist who was awarded a $ 10 million bounty by the United States, was arrested on July 17 of last year. The JuD, led by Saeed, is LeT’s main organization.
LeT Operations Commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been operating with impunity in the country after obtaining bail in the Mumbai terror attack case more than five years ago.
The 11/26 case has been pending in the Rawalpindi / Islamabad counter-terrorism courts since 2009.
The other six defendants, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum, facing charges of complicity to murder, attempted murder, planning and execution of the Mumbai attack, are housed in the upper . security Adiala Prison in Rawalpindi.
The Pakistani government says it has recently introduced a series of new laws to allow security forces to deal with terrorist groups more effectively.
In making public the information on the 19 most wanted LeT terrorists for the first time, the FIA says that Amjad Khan of Multan was a member of the LeT crew (ship Al-Hussaini and ship Al-Fauz).
“He also bought the Al Fauz boat that was used during the Mumbai terror attacks. He also bought a Yamaha motor boat motor, life jackets, inflatable boats, etc. for ARZ Water Sport Karachi. These things were used in terrorist attacks in Mumbai and recovered by the Indian authorities, ”he says.
Iftikhar Ali, a Faisalabad resident, obtained a Voice Internet Protocol (VOIP) connection for terrorist communication, he says.
The FIA further says that Shahid Ghafoor of Bahawalpur was captain / Tandol of the ships Al Hussaini and Al Fauz.
“Muhammad Usman from Sahiwal, Ateequer Rehman from Lahore, Riaz Ahmed from Hafizabad, Muhammad Mushtaq from Gujranwala, Muhammad Naeem from DG Khan, Abdul Shakoor from Karachi, Muhammad Sabir from Multan, Usman Bashir from Lodhran, Shakil Ahmed from Rahim Yar Khan and Abdul Rehman from Bawalnagar were members of the crew of the Al Hussaini & Al Fouz boats used by the terrorists, ”says the FIA.
Giving details of the other most wanted LeT terrorists, the FIA says that Rawalpindi’s Usman Zia transferred Rs 80,000 into the account of defendants Hammad Amin Sadiq and Shahid Jamil Riaz at ABL Karachi.
Similarly, Abbas Nasir of Khanewal transferred Rs 2.53,690 into his account. Javed Iqbal from Kasur and Mukhtar Ahmed from Mandi Bahauddin transferred Rs 1.86,430 and Rs 2.98,047 respectively to Sadiq’s account.
The FIA says Ahmed Saeed of Bbatagram transferred 21,00,000 rupees. Muhammad Khan of Turbat provided Al-Hussaini’s ship to the terrorists involved in the 11/26 attack.
Speaking with PTI about the current status of the Mumbai attack case, FIA Chief Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar said: “The case process has been halted after India refused to send its 24 witnesses to Pakistan. to have their statements and other evidence recorded. The case we cannot go any further to the cooperation of India on the matter. ”
There have been virtually no proceedings in this case for the past two years or so. The Imran Khan government does not intend to challenge Lakhvi’s bail in the Supreme Court.
According to the FIA, the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to challenge Lakhvi’s bail.
Neither Saeed nor any of his associates convicted in terrorist financing cases have requested bail in higher court.
“Perhaps convicted JuD men are told to wait for Pakistan to get off the FATF gray list before going to court to ask for bail,” commented one political analyst.