Twelve years after the 26/11 assault, Pakistan has positioned 19 members of the banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) in a listing of the ‘Most Needed Terrorists’ for his or her position within the heinous assault, but it surely has not initiated any severe efforts to nab them and likewise punish seven others who’re going through trial in Lahore.
The safety companies in Pakistan are clueless concerning the whereabouts of those 19 most needed terrorists.
A few of them have been hiding in Pakistan and others are believed to have fled the nation.
These terrorists had been both crew members of the boats utilized by the attackers or financiers of the 26/11 assault.
The transfer to put 19 LeT terrorists within the record apparently got here following the Paris-based international cash laundering and terrorist financing watchdog’s current determination to retain Pakistan on its gray record until February 2021.
The Monetary Motion Job Power made the choice after Islamabad failed to satisfy its six key obligations, together with failure to take motion in opposition to two of India’s most needed terrorists — Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed head Masood Azhar.
The safety companies have ready a listing of over 1,200 most needed/excessive profile terrorists in Pakistan to allow extra coordination amongst authorities to go after them, officers from the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) advised PTI.
The FIA, Pakistan’s high investigating company, has been probing the Mumbai terror assault case since 2009 and is on the lookout for the 19 ‘most needed terrorists’ concerned within the lethal terror assault that despatched shockwaves throughout the nation and even introduced India and Pakistan to the brink of a battle.
In November 2008, 10 LeT terrorists sailed into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated assaults, killing 166 individuals and injuring over 300.
9 of the attackers had been killed by police whereas lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after trial in India.
On the 12th anniversary of the Mumbai terror assault, its mastermind Saeed is in jail in Lahore, serving a collective over 21-year sentence underneath terror financing expenses.
Saeed, a United Nations designated terrorist whom the US has positioned a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 final 12 months.
Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the LeT.
And the LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been working with impunity within the nation after securing bail within the Mumbai terror assault case over 5 years in the past.
The 26/11 case has been pending within the anti-terrorism courts of Rawalpindi/Islamabad since 2009.
The opposite six accused — Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum — who’re going through expenses of abetment to homicide, tried homicide, planning and executing the Mumbai assault, are lodged on the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
The Pakistan authorities says it has just lately launched a variety of recent legislations to allow safety forces to confront terrorist teams extra successfully.
Making the details about the 19 most needed LeT terrorists public for the primary time, the FIA says Amjad Khan of Multan was a crew member of LeT (boat Al-Hussaini and boat Al-Fauz).
‘He additionally bought the boat Al Fauz which was used through the Mumbai terror assaults. He additionally bought a Yamaha motor-boat engine, life jackets, inflatable boats and many others.
‘From ARZ Water Sport Karachi this stuff had been utilized in Mumbai terror assaults and recovered by Indian authorities,’ it says.
Iftikhar Ali, a resident of Faisalabad, obtained Voice-over Web Protocol (VOIP) connection for terrorist communication, it says.
The FIA additional says Shahid Ghafoor of Bahawalpur was a captain/Tandol of boats Al Hussaini & Al Fauz.
‘Muhammad Usman of Sahiwal, Ateequer Rehman of Lahore, Riaz Ahmed of Hafizabad, Muhammad Mushtaq of Gujranwala, Muhammad Naeem of DG Khan, Abdul Shakoor of Karachi, Muhammad Sabir of Multan, Usman Bashir of Lodhran, Shakil Ahmed of Rahim Yar Khan and Abdul Rehman of Bawalnagar had been crew members of boats Al Hussaini & Al Fouz utilized by the terrorists,’ the FIA says.
Giving particulars of the opposite most needed LeT terrorists, the FIA says Usman Zia of Rawalpindi transferred Rs 80,000 within the account of accused Hammad Amin Sadiq and Shahid Jamil Riaz in ABL Karachi.
Equally, Abbas Nasir of Khanewal transferred Rs 2,53,690 of their account.
Javed Iqbal of Kasur and Mukhtar Ahmed of Mandi Bahauddin transferred Rs 1,86,430 and Rs 2,98,047 respectively in Sadiq’s account.
The FIA says Ahmed Saeed of Bbatagram transferred Rs 21,00,000. Muhammad Khan of Turbat supplied Al-Hussaini boat to the terrorists concerned within the 26/11 assault.
Speaking to the PTI on the present standing of the Mumbai assault case, FIA’s chief prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar mentioned: ‘The case proceedings have come to halt after India refused to ship its 24 witnesses to Pakistan for recording of their statements and different proof. The case can’t transfer additional until India’s cooperation on the difficulty.’
Virtually, there haven’t been any proceedings on this case for the final two years or so.
Neither the Imran Khan authorities intends to problem the bail of Lakhvi within the Supreme Courtroom.
Based on the FIA, the prosecution doesn’t have robust sufficient proof to problem Lakhvi’s bail.
Neither Saeed nor any of his associates convicted in terror financing instances have utilized for bail in superior court docket.
“Maybe the convicted JuD males are advised to attend for Pakistan popping out of the FATF’s gray record earlier than they transfer to court docket for bail,” a political analyst commented.