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BBC News

Saeed has been put under house arrest for three months: BBC News

BBC News:

Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Saeed set up the group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India says planned and carried out the attacks.

Pakistan is also closing offices of Mr Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity, after it was put on a UN blacklist.

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry told the BBC that Jamaat-ud-Dawa buildings would be shut across the country immediately.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani promised Pakistan would comply with a UN Security Council demand to list Jamaat-ud-Dawa as a terrorist group.

Once a group has been placed on the list, action can be taken against it under the country’s anti-terrorism law.

Under that law, all assets of the organisation can be seized and its offices and other places of business shut down, our correspondent says.

Mr Saeed officially quit the leadership of Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2001 to become head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

Also on Thursday, an Indian magistrate extended policy custody of the lone surviving suspected gunman from the Mumbai attacks, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab, until 24 December.

Pak’s actions follow Indian Interior Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement that “the finger of suspicion unmistakeably points to the territory of our neighbour Pakistan” after India’s Parliament joined to begin discussing revisions to their anti-terror laws and the UNSC listed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JD) as a terrorist group:

The investigation conducted by India, Pakistan and other cooperating countries has produced new evidence that Lashkar e Tayyiba operatives were directly engaged in planning and providing material support and assistance for the series of Mumbai urban attacks that shook the international community as well as India. Based upon this investigation, and the formal request of the Government of India, the United Nations Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions committee agreed December 10th to expanded its designation of Lashkar e Tayyiba to specifically include 4 of its leaders, including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Muhammad Ashraf, and Mohmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq. The United States had been pushing for this action since last May. The UN Committee has now also agreed to clarify that the Lashkar e Tayyiba designation also applies to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), which has long operated as an LET front organization (see below).

I expressed my concerns here two years ago with the UN Committee’s failure to designate Jammat-ud-Dawa along with Laskkar e Tayyiba, or to designate Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who was the founder and leader of both organization. Leaving Jammat and Muhammad Saeed undesignated left them free to recruit , arm and solicit funds for Lashkar’s terrorist activities. I wrote:

“Jamaat was established by the same group that led Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to circumvent the sanctions measures that flowed from this designation. Yet, it took the Administration another six months to get around to confirming this linkage and to designating Jamaat as a successor/partner organization to Lashkar-e-taiba. … But what is still surprising is that no action has yet been taken to designate Lashkar’s founder, Hafiz Muhammad Sayeed, who is also the head of Jamaat ud-Dawa….(H)olding the leaders responsible, and penalizing them, is even more important and would be a much more effective step then seeking only to close down the charities they run. Experience has shown that you can’t truly shut down these operations unless you also put their leaders and organizers out of business.’’

Lashkar-e-Taiba was founded in 1989 in the Kunar province of Afghanistan as the military wing of Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad (MDI), an Islamic fundamentalist organisation of the Ahle-Hadith sect in Pakistan. The MDI was based in Muridke near Lahore, Pakistan and was headed by Hafiz Muhammad Sayeed, who also became the Amir of the LeT. Its first presence in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was recorded in 1993 when 12 Pakistani and Afghan mercenaries infiltrated across the Line of Control (LoC) in tandem with the Islami Inquilabi Mahaz, a terrorist outfit then active in the Poonch district of J&K. Lashkar has established cooperative ties with religious militant groups throughout the middle east, southeast asia and in areas of the former soviet union. It is believed to have also been active in supporting the insurgency in Chechnya. The organization was designated as a terrorist group by the US Treasury Department in December 2001.. However, Pakistan, then a member of the UN Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee was able to forestall a UN decision to also designate the group. Lashkar was finally added to the UN’s consolidated al Qaeda designation list on May 2, 2005, after Pakistan’s tenure on the Al Qaeda Committee had ended.

Pak PM Gilani reiterated that “Pakistan is a responsbile and peace-loving nation and would not be provoked by India’s jingoistic attitude.”

Indo-Pak’s air forces and navies remain on high alert while working to avoid war as India calls on Pakistan to hand over 40 suspects and the BJP continues its nationalistic sabre-rattling as the political football game continues:

India has called for Pakistan to hand over 40 suspects after the terror attacks that left 171 dead, a move that has raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. However, India’s foreign minister said Thursday that war is “not the solution.”

The list of fugitives includes militants suspected in last month’s Mumbai attacks, as well as those who have committed “other crimes” against India in the past, Foreign Minister tion> said in his first speech to parliament since the Mumbai siege last month.

Fugitives who have committed crimes in India are sheltering in Pakistan, he said. He added that he had told Pakistani leaders, “You arrest them, and hand them over to us.”

Islamabad said it will arrest anyone proved linked to terror crimes and try them in Pakistani courts. Authorities there have insisted that the government was not tied to the attacks, which they say were carried out by “non-state actors.”

Mukherjee dismissed that argument Thursday.

“Are the non-state actors coming from heaven? Or are they coming from a different planet?” he said.

Pakistani authorities have arrested two senior leaders from Lashkar-e-Taiba, the banned Pakistani-based militant group suspected in the Mumbai attacks. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah are in Pakistani custody and are under investigation.

Officials have said Lakhvi was arrested Sunday in a raid on a militant camp close to the Indian border.

Lal Krishna Advani, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which is looking to unseat the Congress party in the coming elections, said the raids on Lashkar were not enough.

“We should not be fooled by this kind of actions,” Advani said before parliament. “We consider it a war.”

On Wednesday, police identified two more people involved in the training of the 10 attackers.

One of the trainers, identified only as Khafa and described as a senior operative in the banned Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was their main handler after the men were selected for the attack, Rakesh Maria, Mumbai’s chief police investigator.

The other man, another senior Lashkar militant identified as Abu Hamza, was responsible for much of the training they received while sequestered in a house in Azizabad, Pakistan, for three months to prepare for the attack, Maria said.

Abu Hamza was believed to be one of two gunmen responsible for the 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, that killed one scientist, Maria said. After that attack, Abu Hamza escaped back to Pakistan, he said.

The Real News Network interviews Siddharth Varadarajan, Deputy Editor of The Hindu (14:42):

While live blogging the Mumbai attacks on Campaign for Liberty, I cited Animesh Roul of Counterterrorism Blog (a global multi-expert blog dedicated to terrorism issues) as pointing the finger toward Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT):

The needle of the suspicion is on the Lashkar- e- Toiba and Student Islamic Movement of India combine (Now they credibly calling and proving them as Indian Mujahedeen terror group).

The incidents took place one day after the reported arrest of Lashkar -e-Toiba linked Raheel Sheikh by the Interpol in London. Raheel is one of the alleged masterminds of the conspiracy and was involved in the funding of the July 11, 2006, Mumbai serial train blasts that killed nearly 200 commuters and wounded over 500 people on that fateful day.

and, at 7:41 PM CST on Wednesday evening, followed with:

Still no mention of Sheikh’s arrest in London yesterday for his role in the Mumbai 7/11 bombing anywhere in the MSM. This further explains the singling out of people with US and UK passports. Islamic terrorists have a long history of hostage situations involving tourists and travelers offering their freedom for the release of imprisoned comrades i.e. Munich.

  • “Deccan Mujahideen”

While the MSM was vaugely brushing the discussion of LeT in favor of saying “Deccan Mujahideen” ad nauseam, there was this mysterious tone surrounding the “Deccan Mujahideen” — most notably, who are they and where did they come from.

There is no evidence to support that the “Deccan Mujahideen” is nothing more than a “false flag.” The name comes from an unverified email sent on the day of the attacks claiming responsibility. All the email suggests is that the attacks from from a group related to the Deccan Plateau, a region of India covering most of the South and hundreds of millions of people. The state of Karnataka, within this plateau, has been the site of tens of bombings just this year in which the Indian Mujahideen (IM) has claimed responsibility. Whether of not this attack is an act of the IM is still unknown as connections have not been made by any intelligence agencies.

  • Dawood Ibrahim
    Dawood Ibrahim, head of the organized crime syndicate, D-Company in Mumbai, is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for organised crime, counterfeiting, and financing terrorism.

    Dawood Ibrahim, head of the organized crime syndicate, D-Company in Mumbai, is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for organised crime, counterfeiting, and financing terrorism.

The attacks on Mumbai were well-coordinated and well-equipped. The terrorists were fully armed with backpacks full of magazines and grenades, among other weaponry. They traveled to Mumbai by boat and were well-prepared with a wealth of knowledge concerning the highly complex layouts of the hotels. The attacks were well-coordinated in an estimate of ten locations throughout Mumbai. They were very well-trained to carry out such coordinated terror that shut down a city of over 19 million people for days and monopolize every news cycle.

They were well-funded in their organization, preparation, and execution.

Dawood Ibrahim, lord within India’s underworld, was briefly chronicled the day following Mumbai’s 7/11 bombing by the IM by Douglas Farah, expert with Counterterrorism Blog:

The chief suspect in the Mumbai train attacks is one of the most fascinating characters in the nexus of terrorism and organized crime. This is true even if he was not involved it what appears to be a well-coordinated, sophisticated attack of the type he has been involved in before. Indian authorities are naming his as the primary suspect in the bloody attacks of yesterday.

A criminal kingpin, ally of al Qaeda, large-scale drug runner and financer of some of Bollywood’s biggest movies, Ibrahim loves to hang out with movie stars and live the good life. Not exactly a natural ally of radical Islamist groups, but he appears to provide the muscle and know-how to attacks, rather than being the intellectual author of the violence he has pariticpated in. His ideology seems more firmly wedded to his financial well-being than to his religious beliefs.

Ibrahim has a enormous mansion in Karachi, Pakistan, but spends a great deal of time in Dubai, UAE. He has a long history of violence. His flamboyant life style made it difficult to believe that he was not protected by the Pakistani intelligence services for whom he worked, or officials in the UAE. My friend David Kaplan did one of the best looks at him in U.S. News.

More by Vic Camras on 29 Nov 2008:

It’s much too early to identify the group or groups involved in the Mumbai terrorist attack or to place blame for what has occurred. Identification will come with the expert police investigation and intelligence gathering now underway. But, at this stage we are all just involved in a process of speculation – drawing on past experience with terrorist modis operandi to explain what occurred and exploring the various various possibilities and theories. Among the possible culprits being considered are several Pakistan based Islamic extremist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba; Al Qaeda-linked or wannabe groups, and India home grown terrorist groups. One thing appears clear – the attack was well planned and organized, and that requires reliance on a sophisticated network for recruitment, logistics, training and financing. Some Indian terrorist experts suggest that Dawood Ibrahim may well be linked to organizing and financing this attack just as he did for the 1993 Mumbai stock exchange terrorist bombings.

Dawood Ibrahim (birthname Sheikh Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar), for years headed the D-Company which ran a substantial hawala operation out of Mumbai, Karachi and Dubai. He reportedly moved easily between various Islamic extremist groups and Indian crime syndicates, and is believed to have acted as an Al Qaeda surrogate for several financial transactions and arms and drug smuggling deals. He was designated by the US Treasury Department as a global terrorist in October 2003, and listed as an Al Qaeda associate by the UN Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee on November 3, 2003. According to the Treasury Department “Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian crime lord, has found common cause with Al Qaida, sharing his smuggling routes with the terror syndicate and funding attacks by Islamic extremists aimed at destabilizing the Indian government. He is wanted in India for the 1993 Bombay Exchange bombings and is known to have financed the activities of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (Army of the Righteous), a group designated by the United States in October 2001 and banned by the Pakistani Government…” See also Treasury Fact Sheet on Dawood Ibrahim here

Douglas Farah wrote a follow up to Vic Camras’s entry — stressing the importance of the Ibrahim connection:

Ibrahim reportedly provided the initial boat for the attackers, and has strong ties to al Qaeda.

What is interesting about Ibrahim, who has been designated a terrorist by OFAC and many other governments, is that he is a pioneer in the criminal-terrorist nexus. For many years he has provided the criminal links al Qaeda, the Taliban and Pakistani terrorist groups have needed to move money, personnel and equipment. Despite how well known his activities are, he has never been apprehended…

Anyone investigating a crime must follow the money. Global terrorism experts are pointing the green finger in Ibrahim’s direction for financing the recent Mumbai attacks as they did for the 7/11 bombings over two years ago.

  • Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan (ISI)

28 Nov 2008: India forced Pakistan to send their ISI chief to India.

According to the South Asian Terrorism Portal, the LA Times, The Weekly Standard, and many other publications and experts directly link ISI to LeT.

30 Nov 2008: Pakistan’s PM Yousef Raza Gilani has reported to Western allies that approximately 100,000 troops will be mobilized from the Afghan border to the Indian border.

  • Azam Amir Kasab aka Ajmal Amir Kalab aka Ajmal Amir Qasab
    Azam Amir Kasab on the night of the attacks.

    Azam Amir Kasab on the night of the attacks.

One the three Pakistani militants arrested on Nov. 28 was Azam Amir Kasab, the only known terrorist aggressor of the attacks. Kasab, with the two others arrested, confessed to being members of LeT.

  • Demands

Contrary to the mysterious tone of the MSM, these attacks were not random acts of coordinated terror. When terrorists of any sort take hostages, they make demands revealing the reason for their terror. These demands and communication between the terrorists and the Indian government have still not yet been revealed to the public.

All we have is a terrorist holed up with hostages in the Oberoi on the night of the attacks screaming out a window, “We want all Mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people.

  • Raheel Sheikh
    Rahil Sheikh, an accused of the 2006 serial blasts in the western metropolis (File photo)

    Rahil Sheikh, an accused of the 2006 serial blasts in the western metropolis (File photo)

India’s Deputy Home Minister has said that all Mumbai attackers were from Pakistan. LeT has been accused by Indian police and US Intelligence.

Indian Express reported on 25 Nov 2008 that India’s Central Bureau of Intellignce (CBI) was preparing to begin the extradition process of Raheel Sheikh, an alleged LeT operative who masterminded the 7/11 Mumbai bombing of 2006, reportedly, arrested by Interpol in London that day. Within hours of the Mumbai attacks late on 26 Nov, CBI denied Sheikh’s arrest anywhere in the UK.

Reports say on 25 Nov that the mastermind of a high-profile bombing in Mumbai that killed 209 people and injured over 700 was detained by Interpol and the CBI was looking to extradite the mastermind.

It takes over 24 hours for the CBI to deny these reports hours after hundreds are taken hostage by terrorists demanding the release of all Mujahideens held by the Indian government.

Where is the MSM on this?

The Indian government does not negotiate with terrorists and we know the terrorists’ demands while holding hostages in Mumbai. While live blogging, I made the comparison with the Munich Massacre, but the Mumbai attacks and hostage crises were so brutal that an atrocity such as Munich pales in comparison. The Late Former PM of Israel Golda Meir was harshly criticized for not negotiating with terrorists who demanded the release of many fedayeen in exhange for the Israeli athletes that dark night in Germany. Former Pres. Bill Clinton has been harshly criticized for not arresting Usama bin-Laden in 1996 when the Sudanese were able to detain him. My low-credibility subjective judgment believes that Raheel Sheikh is a valid topic of discussion surrounding the Mumbai attacks.