Twelve years after the 26/11 Mumbai assaults, the USA has introduced a reward of as much as USD 5 million for info resulting in the arrest or conviction of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba member Sajid Mir for his “function” within the assaults in Mumbai in 2008.
Based on an official assertion issued by the US Rewards for Justice program, “Sajid Mir, a senior member of the Pakistan-based international terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), is needed for his involvement within the November 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai, India. The Rewards for Justice program is providing a reward of as much as USD 5 million for info resulting in the arrest or conviction in any nation of Sajid Mir for his function in these assaults.”
On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists, skilled by the Pakistan-based terrorist organization LeT, carried out a sequence of coordinated assaults in opposition to a number of targets in Mumbai — the Taj Mahal Lodge, the Oberoi Lodge, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) Home, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus — killing 166 individuals.
In these ugly assaults, 9 terrorists have been killed and the lone survivor, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was caught and sentenced to demise. On November 11, 2012, Kasab was hanged at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune.
“Sajid Mir was LeT’s operations supervisor for the Mumbai assault, taking part in a number one function in its planning, preparation, and execution. Mir was indicted in the USA District Court docket, Northern District of Illinois, Jap Division (Chicago, Illinois) on April 21, 2011, and was charged with conspiracy to injure the property of international authorities; offering materials help to terrorists; aiding and abetting the killing of a citizen outdoors of the US; and the bombing of locations of public use. Based on the indictment, in the course of the assaults, Mir suggested the attackers to kill hostages, set fires, and throw grenades and in addition sought the discharge of a hostage in alternate for the discharge of a captured attacker. A warrant for Mir’s arrest was issued on April 22, 2011. In 2019, Mir was added to the FBI’s Most Wished Terrorists Record,” the division stated.
It added that on August 30, 2012, the Division of the Treasury designated Mir for holding management positions inside the LeT. “Based on the US Division of Treasury, as of 2005, Mir directed coaching for operatives making ready for abroad recruiting, cash laundering, and operational planning. The LeT was designated an international terrorist organization by the US Division of State in December 2001,” the division added.
Nevertheless, Pakistani authorities proceed to disclaim culpability and are but to take motion on the number of dossiers shared by India. A trial underway in a Pakistani anti-terrorism court docket in opposition to seven suspects has made little headway in additional than a decade, as Pakistani officers serially query the sufficiency and legitimacy of proof in opposition to them.
Pakistan has been positioned on the FATF’s gray checklist of the nation with insufficient controls over terror financing in 2018, saying Pakistan “nonetheless must show that regulation enforcement businesses are figuring out and investigating the widest vary of terrorism financing exercise.”
Pakistan has long been criticized for cultivating terror proxy teams and the nation at the moment faces renewed stress to behave in opposition to terrorists.