Posts Tagged ‘Lashkar-e-Taiba’

Four top Pakistani terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) further accused in 26/11 Mumbai Mayhem.

May 13, 2011

US charges 4 Pakistani terrorists in 26/11 Mumbai attack

By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Tue, Apr 26, 2011 | Late Post

Chicago, April 26 (IANS) US federal prosecutors have added four top Pakistani terrorists tied to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as accused in the case against Pakistani-Canadian LeT operative Tahawwur Rana for helping to plot the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The four identified as Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa, Mazhar Iqbal and ‘Major Iqbal’ were charged Monday in US District Court in Chicago, though none of them is in US custody. All four are charged with one count of conspiracy to murder and maim in India, while Mir, Abu Qahafa and Mazhar Iqbal additionally are charged with conspiracy to bomb public places in India.

They also face six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in India, which carry maximum sentences of death or life imprisonment.

The revised indictment comes three weeks before the scheduled May 16 trial of Rana, a Canadian citizen who is accused of using his First World Immigration Services business to provide cover to Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, to scout targets for the Mumbai attack.

Headley, the son of an American mother and Pakistani father, pleaded guilty in March 2010 to 12 criminal counts including aiding and abetting the murder of Americans in Mumbai and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in a plea deal to escape the death penalty.

Mir, also known as ‘Wasi,’ aka ‘Ibrahim,’ and ‘Sajid Majeed’, who reportedly joined the Pakistan based terror outfit LeT at age 16, allegedly worked as Headley’s handler for two years.

The new indictment says that ‘during the course of attacks in Mumbai, the attackers were in telephonic contact with defendants Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa and Mazhar Iqbal, all of whom were then located in Pakistan.’

‘More specifically, during the course of the attacks, the attackers were advised to, among other actions, kill hostages, set fires and throw grenades,’ the indictment said.

‘Sajid Mir also sought to arrange the release of a hostage in exchange for the release of a captured attacker.’

It also accused Mir of working with Headley to plan a terrorist attack on a Danish newspaper, which in 2005 published cartoons of Prophet Mohammed touching off

There is also a warrant for Mir’s arrest in India. During the Mumbai attack, Indian police intercepted phone calls between Mir and his terror teams in Mumbai.

Terrorist group Harakat ul Jihad al Islami leader Ilyas Kashmiri and retired Pakistani military man Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed also were charged in a previous indictment but their whereabouts are unknown.

Rana faces life imprisonment if convicted on the charges he provided material support to the Mumbai attackers.

Courtesy : IANS | AFP .

Pak connection with Pune ‘German Bakery restaurant’ blast terror

March 16, 2010

Firefighters examine the site of a bomb blast at the German Bakery restaurant in Pune February 13, 2010. A bomb ripped through the packed restaurant in Pune, killing at least eight people including one foreigner in the country’s first big attack since the 2008 Mumbai massacre. –Photo by Reuters

Pakistan-trained terrorists behind Pune blast: India

Rabi-ul-Awwal 29, 1431||DawnNews.

NEW DELHI: Indian Home Secretary Gopal Pillai has said that a bombing that killed 16 people in Pune last month was carried out by home-grown Islamists with alleged links to militants in Pakistan, reports Reuters.

“All the evidence which is coming currently is showing that it is the IM (Indian Mujahideen), rather than a Hindu militant group, involved in the Pune blast,” he told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

Mr Pillai alleged that Indian Mujahideen operatives were being trained in Pakistan and had links with the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“The handlers are the same, the set of handlers which was involved in Mumbai,” the official said, referring to the weekend arrest of two suspected IM operatives in the city who were believed to be planning bomb attacks, including in the offices of energy firm Oil and Natural Gas Corp.

He said the growing power of the LeT was a big threat to peace in the region and the militant group was spreading its tentacles beyond India and Pakistan.

“At least in the Middle East we find people. In Dubai, in Sharjah, in Saudi Arabia, the tentacles are there of the Lashkar-e-Taiba,” he said.

He said the LeT had even spread to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Mr Pillai said the reason there had not been a repetition of an attack like the Mumbai carnage of 2008 was 25 per cent due to geopolitics and Pakistan holding back, perhaps fearing Indian retaliation, and 75 per cent due to the busting of at least 14 IM cells since then.

“There are several modules still there… Our real fear is something they are doing now for something in 2011 or 2012. We do not know who is doing it,” he added.

Declared 1000 Years Pak War against India is the Basics of Pak Terrorism. Pakistan proves Islam and Terrorism equal.

January 5, 2010

‘Pak terror groups have strategic intent to strike India’

Press Trust of India

Washington, January 05, 2010

Pakistan-based terror groups have a “strategic intent” to launch major new attacks on the Indian soil to trigger a conflict between the two countries, according to a US intelligence and security think-tank.

In its annual forecast released today, Stratfor predicted that 2010 might see the US intensifying its drone strikes in Pakistan as the bulk of the al-Qaeda leadership is believed to be hiding there. against

As the nature of the war shifts to Pakistan, Stratfor said, there is a strong jihadist strategic intent to launch a major attack against India in order to trigger a conflict between India and Pakistan.

“Such an attack would re-direct Pakistani troops from battling the jihadists in the country’s west, towards the Indian border,” the think tank Stratfor said in its security forecast for South Asia in 2010.

But the think tank said both Washington and New Delhi were well aware of such tactics and since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, India and the US had garnered better intelligence on groups with such goals, making success less likely.

“But that hardly makes such attacks impossible,” the Stratfor said.

The Mumbai terror attacks, orchestrated by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2008, left Indo-Pak relations severely strained and stalled the composite dialogue process.