Pakistan still wants to capture 19 most wanted terrorists, even 12 years after the 11/19 attacks

In November 2008, 10 terrorists from Lashkar attacked and coordinated attacks in Mumbai.

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12 years after the 11/26 attacks, Pakistan classified 19 members of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as “most wanted terrorists” for their role in the heinous attack, but took no serious action . . There were also attempts to apprehend and punish seven other people due to stand trial in Lahore.

Pakistani security agencies uncover the whereabouts of these 19 most wanted terrorists. Some of them are in hiding in Pakistan and others are said to have fled the country. These terrorists were part of the crew of the boats used by the assailants or the financiers of the 11/26 attack.

The decision to place 19 Lashkar terrorists on the list clearly came after a decision by a Paris-based global money laundering and terrorist financing guardian to keep Pakistan on its gray list as recently as February 2021 .

The Financial Action Task Force made the decision after Islamabad breached its six major obligations, including two of India’s most wanted activists – Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed and the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed Masood Azhar.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials said security agencies had prepared a list of more than 1,200 most wanted / high-level terrorists in Pakistan in order to establish better coordination between authorities.

The FIA, Pakistan’s leading investigative agency, has been investigating the Mumbai terrorist attack case since 2009 and is looking for 19 “most wanted terrorists” who have been involved in shocking terrorist attacks across the country and even that. also hurt India and Pakistan. Of a war.

In November 2008, 10 terrorists from Lashkar attacked and coordinated attacks from Karachi to Mumbai, killing 166 people and injuring over 300 people. Nine of the attackers were killed by police, while the lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was arrested and hanged after his trial in India.

On the 12th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attack, his brain is in Saeed Lahore Prison, who was sentenced to 21 years for terrorist financing.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist who received a bounty of US $ 10 million, was arrested on July 17 last year. JuD led by Saeed is the favorite for Lashkar.

And Lashkar’s operations commander, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, has worked ruthlessly in the country after securing bail in the Mumbai terrorist attack case five years ago.

The 26/11 case has been pending before the Rawalpindi / Islamabad anti-terrorism courts since 2009.

The other six defendants – Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum – are charged with murder, attempted murder, planning a murder and carrying out the attack on Mumbai. Adiala high security prison in Rawalpindi.

The Pakistani government says it has recently introduced several new laws to enable the security forces to deal more effectively with terrorist groups.

First disclosing information on the 19 most wanted Lashkar terrorists, the FIA ​​said Multan’s Amjad Khan was a member of the Lashkar crew (Na’at al-Hussaini and Na’aw al-Fauz) .

“He also bought the boat that Al Fauz used in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He also bought Yamaha motor boat engines, life jackets, inflatable boats, etc. at ARZ Water Sport. Karachi used these items during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. It was done in the Indian authorities, ”he said.

Iftikhar Ali, a resident of Faisalabad, has obtained a Voice-over Internet Protocol (VOIP) connection for terrorist communications, he said.

The FIA ​​further stated that Shahid Ghafur Al-Husaini of Bahawalpur and the captains / soldiers of the army boats were.

“Muhammad Osman from Sahiwal, Atik Rehman from Lahore, Riyaz Ahmed from Hafizabad, Muhammad Mushtaq from Gujranwala, Muhammad Naeem from DG Khan, Abdul Shakur from Karachi, Muhammad Sabir from Multan, Osman Bashir from Lodhran, Abdul Shakir from Rahim Yarag Khan from Baw . Rahman was a member of the crew of the Al Husseini and Al Fauz ferry used by terrorists, ”says the FIA.

Giving details on the other most wanted Lashkar terrorists, the FIA ​​states that Osman Zia of Rawalpindi transferred Rs 80,000 to the account of the accused Hammad Amin Sadiq and Shahid Jamil Riaz at ABL Karachi.

Likewise, Abbas Nasir de Khanvel transferred Rs 2.53 690 to 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.

FIA says Ahmed Saeed of Bbatagram transferred Rs 21.00,000. Muhammad Khan of Turbat supplied the al-Hussaini boat to the terrorists involved in the 11/26 attack.

Speaking to the PTI on the current status of the Mumbai attack case, FIA Chief Prosecutor Chaudhary Azhar said: “The proceedings in the case came to a halt after the India refused to send 24 of its witnesses to record their statements and other evidence. ” The matter cannot be continued with India’s cooperation on this matter. “

In practice, there has been no action in this case for the past two years. The Imran Khan government also does not intend to challenge Lakhvi’s bail in the Supreme Court.

According to the FIA, the prosecution does not have enough evidence to challenge Lakhvi’s bail.

Neither Saeed nor any of his associates convicted in terrorist financing cases have sought bail in superior court.

One political analyst noted that convicted JuD men may have to wait before going to Pakistan to get off the FATF gray list.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and posted from a feed.)

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