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US Declare Reward Of Up To 5 Million For Informnation On 26/11 Attack Mastermind
Pakistan has long been criticised for cultivating terror proxy groups and the country currently faces renewed pressure to act against terrorists.
US Declare Reward Of Up To 5 Million For Information On 26/11 Attack Mastermind
New Delhi: The United States twelve-year after the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has announced a reward of up to USD 5 million for the information leading to the arrest or conviction of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba member Sajid Mir for his "role" in the attack in Mumbai in 2008.
As per an official statement issued by the US Reward for the Justice program," Sajid Mir, a senior member of the Pakistan-based foreign terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), is wanted for his involvement in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to USD 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of Sajid Mir for his role in these attacks."
Ten terrorists, in November 26, 2018, trained by the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Let carried out a series of the coordinated attack against multiple targets in Mumbai the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Oberoi Hotel, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus -- killing 166 people
Nine terrorists in these gruesome attacks were killed and the lone survivor, Ajmal Air Kasab was caught and sentenced to death. Kasab on November 11, 2012 was hanged at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune.
"Sajid Mir was LeT's operations manager for the Mumbai attack, playing a leading role in its planning, preparation, and execution. Mir was indicted in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Chicago, Illinois) on April 21, 2011, and was charged with conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government; providing material support to terrorists; aiding and abetting the killing of a citizen outside of the US; and the bombing of places of public use. According to the indictment, during the attacks, Mir advised the attackers to kill hostages, set fires, and throw grenades and also sought the release of a hostage in exchange for the release 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 Wanted Terrorists List," the department said. "According to the US Department of Treasury, as of 2005, Mir directed training for operatives preparing for overseas recruiting, money laundering, and operational planning. The LeT was designated a foreign terrorist organisation by the US Department of State in December 2001," the department added.
Pakistani authorities however continue to deny culpability and are yet to take action on the multiple dossiers shared by India. Whereas a trial is underway in the Pakistani anti-terrorism court against seven suspects has made a little headway in more than a decade.
Pakistan has been placed on the FATF's grey list of the country with inadequate controls over terror financing in 2018, saying Pakistan "still needs to demonstrate that law enforcement agencies are identifying and investigating the widest range of terrorism financing activity."
(With Inputs from ANI)