US will ensure Headley is not extradited

Was American national, terror suspect and Lashkar-Tayiba operative David Coleman Headley a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent? This is something that both Indian investigators and also the Intelligence Bureau are trying to ascertain. The IB says the United States knew of Headley much before his tryst with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

There are various instances to show that the US was aware of Headley and his plans for India, well in advance. Sources say that the first alert regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attack was issued by the US in the first week of September 2008 itself. The information was passed on to India on the basis of the information that they had gathered from David Headley.

Intelligence Bureau officials told rediff.com that Headley was on the US radar since 2003, and since then they had tracked his movements. The initial information that had been picked up by the US suggested that Mumbai would be attacked in the month of September 2008.

The association between the US agencies and Headley goes back to 1998 when he was picked up for smuggling narcotics. A US court sentenced him, but his sentence was reduced after he struck a deal to become an approver. He was then sent to the Af-Pak region to work undercover in 2001, where he decided to cozy up to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. He attended a training camp in Pakistan between 2001 and 2003 before embarking upon his mission.

Sources both in the Union home ministry and the Intelligence Bureau say that all through this, the US had information on Headley. They had known about Headley when the entire Mumbai attack was being planned. However, after September 2008, the US agencies lost track of Headley and were unaware of the Mumbai attack being postponed.

What is interesting is that the FBI made Headley’s arrest public much after it actually happened. IB sources say the FBI had Headley in their custody for at least six to seven months before they made it public. The FBI chose to not inform India of the same since they were worried that the Headley-FBI link would come out in the open.

Investigating officers who are probing the Headley case in India say they are also trying to verify whether the US Central Intelligence Agency was in the know of Headley’s movements in India. The information handed out by IB goes on to state that while the US knew about Headley’s links with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba almost a year before the Mumbai attack, they started to track him seriously only in October 2008, after he had gone off the radar in September that year. They were even aware that Headley had made several trips to India, but preferred to stay mum about the same.

Home ministry officials say his movements in the country were never picked up by the Indian intelligence agencies and neither were they told by the US about this man. The IB says the FBI was using Headley for information on terror groups in Pakistan and also regarding the drug mafia that was operating out of Pakistan.

Indian agencies say that after being sent to the AF-Pak region, he came in contact with several Lashkar operatives. In fact he had bonded very well with Lashkar’s Sajid Mir. After his initial meeting with the Lashkar bosses, he had attended several terror camps between February 2002 and 2003.

This is however denied by US intelligence agencies, who say they were not on the Lashkar trail at that point in time since the outfit had not been declared a foreign terrorist organisation by the US State Department.

Home ministry officials say this expose would make the extradition process a bit difficult. It appears that the US would not want this angle to the Headley story to come out in the open, and hence they may try and ensure that Headley is not brought to India.

During the meeting of the FBI officials with their Indian counterparts, the latter were told that Headley did not want to be interrogated in India. However, the latter insisted that they would go ahead and file a chargesheet and continue to seek his extradition so that he could be questioned by Indian agencies.

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Headley did not share info with local contacts

Indian investigators probing the links of arrested American national and Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative David Coleman Headley into the Mumbai 26/11 attacks have not stumbled upon any information regarding his local contacts while he was in India.
While they have confirmation that he was very much in India and carried out reccees of various targets which were attacked on November 26 2008, they say that he worked by himself and was in touch with several Indians — only to use them as a cover.

Sources told rediff.com that this was a deliberate ploy on part of the LeT to ensure that no one got a wind of Headley’s operations in India. It was important for them to ensure that no one knew of the fact that an American national was working in India to lay the ground for a terror attack.

While he was in touch with several high profile personalities, investigations have revealed that he had not taken the help of any one of these persons to carry out his activities.

Headley was secretive to the extent that he did not even get in touch with any of the local terror modules or cells and seek their help, a top official told rediff.com.

All his phone call records would indicate that he stayed in touch with his handlers in Pakistan, and there is no conversation to indicate that he had discussed any of his terror plans with Indians while in India.

His conversations — that have been intercepted — show that he stayed largely in touch with his primary handler Sajid Mir and also a retired Pakistan major by the name Abdul Hashim Syed.

While he stayed in touch with Mir regarding the Mumbai attack, he dealt largely with Syed regarding his operations in Europe and the establishment of a global jihad.

Investigators say that he did get in touch with outfits such as the Indian Mujahideen, but never discussed the Mumbai attack. None of the operatives even had a clue as to Headley’s plans for the attack on Mumbai.

Investigators who have done thorough checks with his contacts in Tardeo in Mumbai, where he set an immigration office, say that none of them had even the slightest of inclination as to what he was up to.

Intelligence Bureau sleuths say that the information that has been handed over to them by the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not point to any of Headley’s local contacts in India. There is absolutely no indication that he had shared information with any local link in India.

Blore’s traffic jam foils a terror attack

One of Bangalore’s notorious traffic jams saved many lives on the fateful night of December 29, 2005. This, and many more startling facts, was revealed by Sabhahuddin, the man allegedly responsible for the Indian Institute of Science attack, during a narco analysis test in Bangalore last week.

Sabhahuddin confessed that the terror attack was botched when his associate Abu Hamza, who was carrying the arms cache, was held up by a traffic jam.

During the five-hour narco analysis test, Sabhahuddin revealed that the task had been assigned to them by Muzammil, Laskhar-e-Tayiba’s India-in-charge, who instructed them to target as many Indian professionals as possible.


Muzammil explained to Sabhahuddin that these professionals were India’s strength, and their death was bound to affect the country.

“Hamza and I met a few days before the attack and we surveyed the IISC campus. A seminar was scheduled to be held at the IISC and some professionals were meeting at the Le Meredian hotel, prior to the seminar. However, we decided against carrying out an attack at the hotel as the idea didn’t seem feasible,” Sabhahuddin told the police officials.

Hamza’s plan was to barge into the Tata Auditorium during the seminar, open fire on the crowd and also lob a grenade. We decided that we should kill at least 100 people in the auditorium. On D-day, I waited near the IISC. Hamza was supposed to reach the institute along with the weapons.

However, he got stuck in a traffic jam and by the time he reached the spot, the seminar was almost over and people had started leaving. A confused Hamza opened fire indiscriminately. He even lobbed the grenade, but it did not explode,” Sabhahuddin said during the test, which was conducted after the truth serum was injected into him.

Soon after the attack, Sabhahuddin rushed to the bus stand and boarded a bus to Chennai. From Chennai, he traveled to West Bengal and crossed over to Bangladesh. He eventually sought refuge in Pakistan.

His associate Hamza escaped to Hyderabad, and traveled on to Bangladesh from there. Hamza is presently hiding in Pakistan, according to Sabhahuddin.

“The two of us then met at the LeT camp in Pakistan. We were scheduled to meet Muzammil, who was seething with rage. He told us that we had wasted many hours of planning and man power. He warned us against repeating such a mistake in the future. We were then sent for training and I ended up in a training camp in Nepal. A few months later, I trained a youth camp in Nepal,” he said.

Sabhahuddin soon rose to the rank of a commander in LeT. He was sent to Lucknow to prepare an unit, to plan and execute terror attacks, within the country. “I influenced a couple of youths to join the camp and trained them for several months,” he admitted.

The CRPF attack in UP

“I was then told to gear up for an attack on the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur. We also planned to carry out an attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarters in Nagpur, after the CRPF attack. Once the plan was finalised, a consignment comprising Ak-47 rifles and grenades, came from Pakistan via Kashmir.

Sabhahuddin revealed many shocking facts during the narco analysis test. He told the police officials that he transported many of the rifles into Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] by train, and the railway security personnel didn’t bother to check him even once.

He termed the CRPF attack a ‘near success’.

Sabhahuddin, a student from Aligarh, was persuaded to join the LeT by two students from the Aligarh Muslim University. “They told me to join the organisation as the community needed me and atrocities were being meted out against my community. I was inducted into the LeT at Muzaffarbad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in 2000. After several months of training, I was sent to Bangalore. I was asked to study the city, identify a likely target for a terror attack and report back to my boss.

My boss gave me Rs 1 lakh for my expenses and instructed me to remain undercover. I decided that I will pretend to be a student. I got myself admitted to the business management course in the Brindavan College. In Bangalore, I kept a track of important seminars and business meetings. That is how I got to know about the important seminar scheduled to be held at the IISC. I got the names of the invitees and e-mailed it to my boss. I told him about the plan to attack IISC and it was approved,” Sabhahuddin revealed during the narco analysis test.

Incidentally, Sabhahuddin, who is lodged at the Lucknow jail at present, plans to complete his course at Brindavan College.

LeT man Naseer reveals Dawood funds terror in India

Suspected Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative T Naseer, who is in the custody of the Bangalore police, has made a stunning disclosure that fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim is the primary financer for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and also the Indian Mujahideen. Naseer says every terror strike carried out in India is funded by the D-gang (as the Dawood gang is known).


Naseer, who was initially proving to be a tough nut to crack, has slowly started opening up and among the many sensational disclosures he said that the Lashkar depends very heavily on Dawood for funds to carry out terror strikes.

Intelligence Bureau officials and interrogators told rediff.com that this could also mean that Dawood could also have raised funds for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Naseer told interrogators that the Pakistan-based Dawood has several of his men across India and in the Gulf involved in drug smuggling and printing and distributing fake currency. IB sources believe that Dawood has an understanding with Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence by which he is permitted to carry out his drug/fake currency trade provided he finances terror activities.

Naseer told interrogators that C A M Basheer is a key man in the Dawood gang. Naseer said he was introduced to the LeT by Basheer. He says Basheer had told him that it was the D-gang which funds the LeT. He said that initially the funds were being used to run the Students Islamic Movement of India. However after the organisation was banned in India, they had find new ways of keeping the money coming in. Hence they decided to start a parallel organisation which they called the Indian Mujahideen. Naseer says that Basheer fled to the Gulf once Indian security agencies turned the heat on him. He continues to operate from there and channelises D-gang money to fund terror operations in India.

Naseer’s role in the Coimbatore blasts in 1998 — which targeted Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani — is also getting clearer after he admitted that he was a member of the Al-Umma in Tamil Nadu. The banned outfit was blamed for the Coimbatore blasts. The Tamil Nadu police are in Bangalore to interrogate Naseer to get more details of his role in the blasts.

His Pak dream never came true


T Naseer, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative who was recently arrested on the Bangladesh border, is proving out to be a tough nut to crack. Senior police officials from Karnataka, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu — who are currently in Bengaluru to interrogate him — have not managed to get any concrete information out of him as yet.
One of the investigators told rediff.com that Naseer has made two things clear — one is that he had acted at the behest of Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal to carry out the Bengaluru serial blasts last July, and secondly, his dream to go to Pakistan was never fulfilled.

Naseer, who has been in police custody for the past four days now, has given contradictory versions during his interrogation. The officer says that he has been trained extensively to dodge investigation and interrogation, and hence, he is always trying to confuse the police.

On day one, he had let out information that Bhatkal had asked him to help carry out the Bengaluru blasts and he had obliged; apart from raising funds for the attack.

On Tuesday he told his interrogators that he was so committed to the cause of jihad that it was his dream to go to Pakistan and meet with the top leadership of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, for which he was working.

Very vaguely, while speaking about the task handed out to him, he said, “I undertook what was asked of me. It was a dream to go to Pakistan and meet with the top Lashkar leadership. I was told to go to Bangladesh and meet with my handler over there.”

Not naming his handler, Naseer continued, “Once in Bangladesh, my handler assured me that he would ensure my safe passage into Pakistan. However he convinced me that it was very difficult to enter Pakistan since there was a lot of international pressure and hence, the screening process was tight. However, I was adamant and wanted to go there. I waited for my handler to return with the documents, but he disappeared. I was supposed to get out of Bangladesh on that day, but my handler never returned and this led to my arrest.”

Intelligence Bureau sources say that Naser is a very high ranking operative and has loads of information on how exactly Indian Mujahideen’s south Indian modules work. He was a trusted aide of the Lashkar since he was able to recruit operatives with ease.

Interrogators will have to pull out several tricks in order to get information out of this man. He has been giving a different version to the story every day, and his primary aim is to confuse the police team. Police from six states have been interrogating him continuously, and are trying to join the dots.

What each state is looking for:

Karnataka: His involvement in the Bengaluru serial blasts. His accomplices and also how many more modules he had set up in the state and information on how to bust these modules.

Kerala: His recruitment centres and also the number of modules he has set up. His statements on the role played by him in the assassination bid on former chief minister E K Nayanar [ Images ]. They would also try and find out from him whether he had met with Tawwahur Rana, another LeT operative, a Canadian national of Pakistani origin, currently held in the United States.

Delhi: The role played by him in the Delhi serial blasts. There is some information regarding the role played by in the serial blasts in Delhi, emerging through the interrogation of the other accused. They would like to ascertain whether Naseer had financed or had any other involvement in the blasts.

Tamil Nadu: The cops from this state would be looking for information on any role played by him in the Coimbatore blasts.

Jammu and Kashmir: Naseer had recruited several jihadis to operate for the Lashkar in J&K. He had managed to recruit over a dozen people and send them to J&K. The cops of this state are trying to find out if there are any more such cadres who are on their way. However, more importantly, they are trying to find out the route that he had used to sneak in the cadres, and also the route some of them used to sneak out of J&K and enter Pakistan. They believe that Naseer being a high-ranking cadre has details of the routes.

Why LeT is recruiting doctors for terror operations


The arrest of David Coleman Headley, an American national held on terror charges by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago earlier this month, is an indicator of the extent which the Lashkar-e-Tayiba could go up to carry an attack on Indian soil. The Lashkar is adopting new strategies to carry out terror strikes; and the latest one, according to the sources in the Intelligence Bureau, is the appointment of doctors.
The first signs of doctors being inducted into the Lashkar was noticed in Jammu and Kashmir a month ago. The Lashkar had made an appeal through its cadres in the Valley that doctors who wish to join the cause of jihad are welcome to join the Lashkar. The plan was to send in a doctor during a terror attack like the one on Mumbai on 26/11. The doctor could treat the terrorists during the attack.

The IB says that till date, the Lashkar has appointed over 15 doctors and are on the look-out for more. Apart from this, the Lashkar cadres across the country too have been told specifically to include doctors during the recruitment process.

The 15 doctors were sent to Pakistan for training. Out of those, seven have returned and have joined the cadres in the Valley. The IB says that these doctors will accompany cadres all the time and would provide medical aid in times of need.

The second phase of the recruitment process is already underway. The IB says that not all the recruited doctors are fully qualified. The Lashkar has made it clear that the doctors need to be well-versed in dealing with emergency situations. These doctors, apart from providing first-aid, will also have to deal with treating bullet injuries and other problems that may occur during the course of an attack.

It is now a well-known fact that terror groups from Pakistan are planning a bigger attack on India. Ilyas Kashmiri, the chief of the Al Qaeda’s 313 brigade, too had claimed in an interview that they — along with the Lashkar — had plans to launch Ghazb-e-Hind, a terror operation aimed at creating mayhem in India.

Kashmiri had also stated that what was seen in Mumbai was nothing, and they have something bigger planned. The IB says that this means that they are planning to send a larger force to carry out attacks in India.

Medical experts would back such teams of terrorists, so that the cadres can wage the battle for a longer period.

1,800 Lashkar terrorists waiting to strike India: IB


With the foreign media reporting a continued Lashkar-e-Tayiba threat to India , Indian intelligence agencies say that this dreaded outfit has at least 1,800 men on standby all set to enter into India and spread terror.

Intelligence Bureau sources told rediff.com that the reports coming in from foreign intelligence agencies were correct and the Lashkar in fact has regrouped in the past year, after it was bogged down following the Mumbai terror attacks last year.

The IB report on the Lashkar suggests that at least 600 terrorists have been kept on standby along the Line of Control and are awaiting orders to enter India. The rest are still in the Lashkar camps in Pakistan ready to follow suit.

The IB says that the Lashkar, since the past couple of months, has been on a recruiting spree and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence too has been playing a vital role in helping the recruitment process. The arrest of the top leaders by the Pakistan government had lowered the outfit’s morale. However, the Lashkar has been quick to regroup and commence its recruitment process.

The IB says that the Lashkar has increased its attacks recently in the Kashmir Valley. These incidents are only aimed at infiltrating and also testing the strength of the outfit. Moreover, they also need to show that they are still interested in Kashmir — while the actual intention is to spread mayhem in India.

How they regrouped

IB sources, who have submitted a report to the home ministry, the Lashkar regrouped with the help of various other outfits. Since there was a lot of pressure on the Pakistan administration to crack down on the outfit, it was not easy to do things as openly as they used to do before.

Since the Mumbai attacks, both the United States and the Indian agencies have been keeping a close watch. The US agencies were more worried about Lashkar teaming up with Al Qaeda .

The ISI has advised all terror outfits operating out of Pakistan to work as one. Their training centres are the same and the training programme is the same. During this time, when the Lashkar was under scrutiny, it was the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen , Jaish-e- Mohammad and the Hizbul Mujahideen recruiting on behalf of the Lashkar.

IB sources say that there has been a drastic change in policy and all these outfits have started to share a common ideology so that a common recruiting ground could be set up.

Thanks to this change in strategy all these outfits put together have nearly 15,000 members of which 1,800 have been kept ready to strike India. It is said that the Lashkar is desperate to show its strength and hence the outfit is getting desperate to carry out a major strike in India.

How ISI masterminds fake currency racket in India

India’s fake currency problem gets bigger and bigger.

So dependant are Pakistan-based terror outfits on fake currency they recently stole a secret template India used to print its currency.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is currently probing the theft with the help of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the Reserve Bank of India and the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

The CBI and sources in the Intelligence Bureau say certain security features of the template were stolen to enable the printing of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes. The investgators are certain that the theft has the fingerprints of the Pakistan military’s Inter Services Intelligence directorate.

Sources told rediff.com that the ISI relies on local gangs to undertake such assignments. IB sources say they are also probing if fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s [ Images ] henchmen were involved in the crime.

Investigating agencies also do not rule out in-house involvement. They suspect the ISI’s Indian contacts penetrated the establishments responsible for printing currency and obtained information.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the ISI wanted to make the fake Indian currency look authentic. Earlier, Indian security agencies easily spotted the fake currency. Hence, investigators claim the ISI’s dirty tricks division felt it was necessary to produce Indian currency to near perfection.

IB sources say the operation to steal the security features of Indian currency was two years in the making.

After stealing the template, the manufacturers of the fake currency also changed the quality of paper used for printing. Earlier, they used paper manufactured in Pakistan out of wood pulp. Today, the paper is imported from abroad and resembles the paper India uses in its currency.

IB reports allege that the ISI convinced the Pakistan government to import the currency standard printing paper, which the ISI diverted towards printing fake currency.

Indian intelligence sources point out that some Pakistan officials are aware of these activities since much of the fake currency is printed at government presses in Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar.

Once the notes are printed, the ISI transports them to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Agents hand over the notes to individuals who smuggle them into India where it is exchanged on a 2:1 basis. That is, two fake rupees are exchanged for one genuine rupee.

The interrogation of a gang arrested recently in Uttar Pradesh revealed that most of the fake currency is being brought into India through Nepal. Women are often used to transport the notes to lower suspicion at border checkpoints.

Investigators say the thread in the freshly printed fake currency notes are no longer hazy; the watermarks, the Ashoka Pillar, Mahatma Gandhi’s image, the denomination and the RBI mark are more prominent.

The sprinkled dots are harder to identify when held against ultra violet light; also, the new fake notes ensure better visibility of the superimposed digit when held horizontally.

The biggest problem the ISI faced before the template was stolen was the size of the series prefix. However, with the template in its possession, the agency has fixed this problem — the alignment of the series prefix has been placed in a correct line.

Some Indian observers estimate the fake currency in circulation at Rs 169,000 crore (Rs 169 trillion), a figure the RBI denies.

Apart from funding terror operations in India, the fake money is used in real estate transactions.

The fake money has also entered the banking system. Investigators say an individual who wants to deposit fake currency will ensure that s/he does so when there is a crowd at the teller’s desk. Since the teller is too busy to check every note, the fake currency gets deposited, and into the Indian banking system.

The National Crime Record Bureau states that 1,170 cases of fake currency were registered last year, a decline from the 2,204 cases registered in 2007.

In the past year Rs 3.63 crores (Rs 36.3 million) in fake currency has been seized.

The CBI is investigating 13 cases pertaining to fake currency. All 13 cases have international ramifications involving the ISI.

Why Naseer is a prize catch for Indian security agencies

Indian investigators have plenty to smile about with the arrest of Thadiyantavida Naseer and his associate, Shafas, who were picked up by the Bangladesh police on the Meghalaya-Bangladesh border.

Naseer is a prized catch since he played a crucial role in the various serial blasts that rocked the country. Moreover, he is also suspected to have guided terror suspect Tawwahur Rana (arrested for being a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative by the FBI in Chicago) during the latter’s visit to Kerala prior to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Naseer’s name first sprung up during the Bangalore serial blasts in 2008. The interrogation of 20 odd accused persons in connection with the blasts revealed that Naseer was behind the blasts. Intelligence Bureau sleuths who have a dossier on him say he operated as the financer of the Indian Mujahideen with Riyaz Bhatkal.

He had worked as a ginger contractor in Karnataka’s Kodagu district and sheltered several accused before the blasts. He then put all the IM cadres in a rented house near Hosur in Bangalore a month before the blasts.

Naseer, who originally hails from Kerala, took to jihad almost a decade ago. He started off as a small time operative who took part in anti-India meetings in Kerala. During this period, Naseer was accused in two murder cases and was also an accused in an attempt to murder case relating to then Chief Minister E K Nayanar. He was also booked by the police for setting a Tamil Nadu state transport bus on fire.

The IB says that Naseer was passionate about the cause and that what made the Lashkar-e-Tayiba rope him in as one of their main cadres. His first assignment with the Lashkar was to arrange for recruits. He travelled between Kerala and Karnataka and conducted several underground meetings and recruited many young men. In fact he teamed up with Bhatkal and recruited a core team of jihadis who were later sent into Kashmir to battle the Indian Army. This in fact was his first major assignment which sprung him to fame.

Naseer was then handed over a new role. This led the birth of the Indian Mujahideen, which was nothing but another wing of the LeT. The IB says that he travelled extensively between the Gulf and Pakistan while setting up the IM and finally he was asked to handle the finances of this outfit. Naseer single-handedly managed to rope in a lot of Gulf contacts who financed IM operations in India.

His first major assignment with the IM was the serial blasts which rocked Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi. He operated mostly out of Karnataka and Kerala. It was only after these blasts that the Indian security agencies raised the heat on him.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that Naseer had stayed on in Kerala for sometime after the blasts. It was during this time that he came in contact with Rana whom the Indian agencies say played a vital role along with David Headley (also arrested by the FBI in Chicago) in the 26/11 attacks. During Rana’s visit, Naseer played a vital role in helping set up a fake job agency. In turn Rana helped Naseer and his brother-in-law Shafas get out of Kerala. The IB says that they had information that the duo had slipped into Bangladesh and were directed to lie low before undertaking further operations.

One handler three names four countries


The arrests in the United States of America and also at Italy have thrown up a whole new angle to the Mumbai 26/11 plot. Investigations by the National Investigating Agency has made it clear that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which plotted and executed the 26/11 attack had not only used Indian and Pakistani modules to carry out the attacks, but had also accessed its modules across the continent to undertake the 26/11 carnage.

An interesting detail that has cropped up during the investigation is that there was one person who played a major role in coordinating the entire attack on Mumbai. The FBI and the Italian police have termed this man as Sajid Mir, the Indian police as Abu-al-Qama while the Pakistan authorities who have arrested this man call him Zarar Shah.

It is now clear that this man Mir alias Qama alias Shah is the most vital link to the entire Mumbai carnage as he would be able to tell in detail as how he managed to coordinate forces in the US, Italy, India and Pakistan to undertake an attack of such a large nature.

Mir according to the intelligence bureau has been in the Lashkar for nearly 15 years. The closest aide of Lashkar boss, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, this man is a professional with computers and has been largely responsible for setting up the tech division of the Lashkar. He was made in charge of the Lashkar tech cell in the year 2002 and since then he has not only become a high ranking cadre in the Lashkar but also a trusted commandant of the ISI in Pakistan.

Looking at his skills in computer education and the manner in which he was able to coordinate cadres between various countries, he was promoted to the position of trans-continental head of the Lashkar in the year 2005. It was from here that his journey began into planning the Mumbai attack. Almost single handedly he oversaw transaction of funds and also kept in touch with operatives such as Headley, Rana, the Italian duo and also Sabahuddin and Fahim Ansari every time they were executing something relating to the Mumbai attack.

IB sources told rediff.com that being the trans continental head of the Lashkar it was his responsibility to coordinate with these cadres from across the globe. Working purely on a need to know basis, this man ensured that none of the opereatives from other countries were even aware of what the other was doing. While he sent out Sabahuddin to appoint Fahim Ansari to draw out the maps, he simultaneously told both Headley and Rana to conduct reccees in Mumbai. The interesting fact is that even Sabahuddin or Ansari were aware of the fact that two other persons from Canada and Chicago were carry out a similar operation on the ground. While Ansari prepared the initial maps of the targets and sent it across to Pakistan, Headley and Rana did a finer analysis of the same.

Mir had instructed both Rana and Headley on the basis of the information provided by Ansari to do a finer analysis of the targets. Based on the information made available by Ansari, Headley and Rana went ahead and prepared finer sketches of the targets and also shot videos of the same. Apart from this Mir also coordinated with modules in other parts of Europe and ensured that a large part of the financial transactions came in from that part of the world in order to carry out the Mumbai attack.

IB sources say that it was Mir’s idea to ensure that the Lashkar becomes a global outfit and they stamp their authority in every possible country. This is the reason why the Lashkar through Headley thought of targeting Denmark, a country which otherwise would fall under the jurisdiction of the Al-Qaeda. Mir apart from overseeing operations of the Lashkar in other countries has also been told specifically by the ISI to coordinate with the Al-Qaeda since they want to see the two outfits merging in order to spread global terror together.

Pakistan conceal truth: In February 2008, Pakistan had claimed that it had arrested a person by the name Zarar Shah and he was facing trial. They also claimed that Shah had said that he was aware of who Ajmal Kasab and the rest were. However Pakistan has been extremely suspicious in its behavior where this man is concerned. A request by the US officials to interrogate Shah was denied by Pakistan authorities at the behest of the ISI. Information now trickling in from the IB and investigating agencies would suggest that the Zarar Shah who has been arrested by Pakistan is fake and he actually is a very low level operative of the Lashkar who goes by the real name, Abu Wajid. The IB says that through the Interpol a red corner alert has been sounded against this man. Moreover Indian authorities have made requests to provide his photograph which has been denied lest the truth comes out.

The IB says protecting the identity of Mir alias Qama alias Shah is of utmost importance for the Pakistan based ISI. He hold the key to extremely crucial details of the ISI’s role in spreading global jihad and he will also be a one stop information for the international contacts of both the Lashkar and also the ISI.

Sources say that pinning down this man would be crucial since he will be able to piece together the exact details of the entire Mumbai carnage and also how the international jihad factories played a role in excercising this horrific attack.