FOX NEWS APRIL 3rd 2012.....US offers $10 million bounty for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed the founder of Pakistani militant group LeT. ISLAMABAD – The United States has offered a $10 million bounty for the founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people, a move that could complicate U.S.-Pakistan relations at a tense time.
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba in the 1980s, allegedly with Pakistani support to pressure archenemy India over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Pakistan banned the group in 2002 under pressure from the U.S., but it operates with relative freedom -- even doing charity work using government money.
New York Times WASHINGTON; Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant group suspected of conducting the Mumbai attacks, has gained strength in recent years with the help of Pakistan’s main spy service, which has allowed the group to train and raise money while other militants have been under siege.
The ISI has shared intelligence with Lashkar and provided protection for it, officials said, and investigators are focusing on one Lashkar leader they believe is a main liaison with the spy service and a mastermind of the attacks, (Zarrar Shah who links directly to Muslim Mafia "Don" Dawood Ibrahim).
Pakistani officials have denied any government connection to the siege on Nov. 26-29, in which nine gunmen and 163 other people were killed. A Pakistani official confirmed on Sunday that security forces had initiated an operation against at least one Lashkar camp. The Associated Press, citing militants and an unidentified senior official, reported Monday from Islamabad, Pakistan, that Pakistani troops had seized a former Lashkar camp, in the Pakistani part of Kashmir, that is now used by the group’s charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa. “More than 12 people” were arrested, The Associated Press said.
American and Indian officials believe that one senior Lashkar commander in particular, Zarrar Shah, is one of the group’s primary liaisons to the ISI. Investigators in India are also examining whether Mr. Shah, a communications specialist, helped plan and carry out the attacks in Mumbai. “He’s a central character in this plot,” an American official said.
NEW DELHI: As Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari publicly trashed India's "list of most wanted 20" on TV, refusing to hand them over, the question being asked here is, was this the right time for India to dust out the 2002 list of wanted criminals to give to Pakistan?
Instead, in the present context, India's list to Pakistan should have read something like this: that India needed to see action on or deportation of a much shorter but more relevant list of people, all of whom had a connection to last week's attacks on Mumbai. They could include Zakiurr-Rahman Lakhvi alias Chachu (Lashkar-e-Taiba commander), Zarrar Shah (LeT commander), Muzammil (LeT operative), as a first.
And then they could be followed up with Dawood Ibrahim (who may still have funded the attacks), Hafiz Mohammed Saeed (chief LeT) and Masood Azhar (leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed) who had to be released in exchange for the passengers on board 1C-814 which had been hijacked by a Jaish group.
Pakistan Presient Asif Zardari, just like his predecessor Pervez Musharraf a few years ago, sought to run down the demand by saying that it was not backed up by any investigation. Zardari told CNN's "Larry King Live" programme, "I am definitely going to look into all the possibility of any proof that is given to us....At the moment, these are just names of individuals. No proof, no investigation, nothing has been brought forward." If proof of the individuals' involvement is provided, he said, "we would try them in our courts, we would try them in our land, and we would sentence them."
Even as India seeks Dawood Ibrahim's extradition yet again, the don is ensconced safely in his plush bungalow in Karachi. Security agency sources told TOI on Wednesday that it's business as usual for the underworld kingpin. A few days ago, a couple of his relatives, including Salim Ansari, flew to Pakistan (using their valid Indian passports) to meet him.
Sources said the don was so confident that he would not be touched by the Pakistani establishment that he had made no changes in his daily routine. Dawood Ibrahim continues to phone his contacts in Mumbai. Recently, Mohammed Ali, a contact who fronts for him in the real estate business reportedly sent Rs 120 crore via hawala, sources in the government stated. The hawala channel between Mumbai and Karachi remains busy.
Indian security agencies are keeping close tabs on Dawood's movements, as are their counterparts in the US intelligence establishment. It's on the basis of detailed inputs from them that India maintains that Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan. But central agencies question why the Maharashtra government has not taken any action against the D-company here. "What's the point of asking Islamabad to hand over Dawood when we're not doing anything to destroy his empire in Mumbai and other places in India?" a senior official asked.
Mohammed Ali, who holds sway in the docks and is a key member of the Dawood Ibrahim network, continues to operate with impunity. Even after the November 26 terror attacks, his Drug smuggling racket remains unchecked.
MUMBAI: November 26th attack by suspected Pakistanis on the city was enabled by the Dawood Ibrahim gang, police sources said. It would not have been possible to carry out a terror operation on this scale without a collaborative local network and this was provided by the D Gang. As the terrorists had entered via the sea, the needle of suspicion is clearly pointing at Mohammed Ali, the new pointsman of Dawood.
Ali is known to be the king of the docks who runs a massive smuggling racket and has a grip over all coastal operations in the metropolis. He is known to indulge in smuggling of diesel, petroleum, naptha, drugs, stolen cars and arms without interferance and it appears that the terrorists had used his network to enter the city by the sea route.
The Times Of India was the first to report (July 2, 2008) about the emergence of Ali as the key person looking after Dawood's operations in Mumbai. Despite having a detailed dossier on him, the authorities have not taken any action against him. What is more worrying is that Ali is believed to have also penetrated naval intelligence.
Dawood Ibrahim is holed up in Karachi and has been declared a global terrorist by the US administration. He is known to have links with the Al Qaeda and had used its network for narcotics smuggling operations out of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The fidayeens appeared to have been very clear about their targets.
They targeted places frequented by foreigners in south Mumbai and knew the exact route to be taken from the coast. This was made possible by inputs provided by the D Gang, said sources. Sources in security agencies said Dawood has made a few thousand crores in real estate transactions and is diverting a part of the funds for terror operations.
The Dawood Bhai realty group has a top politician and a big-time builder as its partners. A close lieutenant of Dawood fronts for this company to get its projects cleared in Mantralaya and BMC. Currently, it is building a huge mall and a massive residential complex in the western suburbs.
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