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).
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.