New Delhi, June 29: The United States in its Country Reports on Terrorism has flagged Pakistan for not taking action against 26/11 attack plotter, Sajid Mir and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. While a lot is known, written and said about Azhar, there is very little that one knows about Sajid Mir.
He remains one of the power important and powerful asset of the ISI and Lashkar-e-Tayiba. He had in fact played a major role in the 26/11 attack and was also David Headley’s handler.
The killing of Ayub Lelhari, a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative in Kashmir was a major breakthrough for the security forces. His killing marks yet another successful operation by the Indian Army which has now gunned down 132 terrorists in the Valley. As per data available there are now, 68 terrorists remaining in the Valley and the Army says that the rest will be cleaned up before the winter sets in.
There is unprecedented security in place as a new Intelligence Bureau warning speaks of attacks being planned on the Amarnath Yatra. The alert speaks of an attack being planned by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba on the pilgrims as well as the security personnel on duty.
Mumbai, Nov 26: Who is Ahmed Yakub? He is the head of the maritime wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who had managed to ship into India almost 60,000 rounds of ammunition a year after the 26/11 attack.
The shipment remains a mystery, but what officials can confirm is that it was at the same time that the Lashkar was planning on executing its ambitious Karachi project which proposed to carry out a series of attacks in India similar to the 26/11 strikes.
How old was Ajmal Kasab when he was recruited into the Lashkar-e-Tayiba to carry out the 26/11 attack. Going by an interrogation report prepared by the Bangalore police, Kasab was 16 when he was roped into the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The interrogation report of the Bangalore police is related to the attack on the Indian Institute of Science and a team had managed to question Kasab in 2009 when he was alive. The questioning was to do with his knowledge of the IISC attack and surprisingly, Kasab does make a point where he speaks about meeting Abu Hamza the mastermind of the attack in the year 2003. Kasab who was born in the year 1987 was 16 in the year 2003 when he met with Hamza.
Kasab during his interrogation gives out sketchy details about the IISC attack. He however says that he had met with Hamza in 2003 and was aware that a plot to carry out a strike in Bangalore was being planned. The IISC attack finally took place in the year 2005 in which one person was killed. Kasab says that Hamza was one of the men who opened fire at the IISC. He says that Hamza was given charge of the operation. Continue reading “Kasab was 16 when picked for 26/11 attack”
India has often blamed the United States of America for the lack of proper cooperation in terms of Intelligence sharing prior to the 26/11 attack. Today with claims being made about David Headley using an Indian agent code named Honey Bee, the doubts become stronger.
Stephen Tankel, the author of Storming the World Stage, the story of Lashkar-e-Tayiba is also a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, where his research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, and the evolution of nonstate armed groups. He tells rediff.com in this interview that Washington clearly recognizes the Lashkar as a problem. He also goes on to add that it would not shock him to find out that the ISI had recruited an Indian agent for the 26/11 attack.
As the fifth anniversary of the 26/11 attacks approach, there is a growing concern over the trial that is being conducted in Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed the mastermind roams around freely while Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi enjoys a lavish life style in jail.
A day back a crucial witness was questioned in the attack. He was the one who had seen the ten terrorists leave Pakistan before could launch the attack in India. The witness Mohammad Safiullah Khan who was questioned was constantly interrupted during the trial and from what India has gathered it appears that the entire excercise was a futile one.
Khan was questioned repeatedly about what he had seen. He appeared nervous and did not give proper answers when asked to identify the ten terrorists which has led India to beleive that it is a rotten show that Pakistan is putting up.
The Indian Mujahideen can strike at short notice is what the Union Government said yesterday. Planning the Patna blasts and executing it in less than 20 days is an indicator of the statement above.
Reading through the interrogation of several operatives of the Indian Mujahideen which include Yasin Bhatkal and those arrested after that paints a chilling picture of what really the outfit can do. The IM has become extremely ambitious today and is capable of carrying out an attack anywhere at will.
The recent killing of two Indian army jawans exposed the manner in which the ISI, Pakistan army and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba worked in tandem against India. While the Intelligence Bureau and also the military intelligence have proof of this modus operandi the bigger worry continues to be the growing number of facilitators that have infiltrated into the Kashmir valley. Continue reading “70 Lashkar informers tailing Indian army”