December 31: LeT in the past two
years, since 2010 'uprising', has managed to rope in nearly 70 recruits
mostly in the age group of 20 and 25. Sources in the Intelligence
Bureau have said that the 2010 'uprising' in Kashmir has started
to show its effects today. A majority of the stone-pelters during
that 'uprising' were found to be LeT cadres who continued their
battle against security agencies.
December 28: Two LeT militant, identified
as Imtiyaz Ahmed Teli alias Fahadullah Kashmiri and Mohammad
Aamir Bhat alias Khalid alias Khursheed were shot
dead in an encounter in Chandgam area of Pulwama District.
December 24: Two LeT militants, identified as Mudasir
Sheikh alias Mavia and his Pakistani associate Tamim, allegedly
involved in an attack on a hotel in Srinagar, and a Policeman were
killed in a fierce encounter in Dodhipora village of Kulgam District.
December 21: Police arrested one
LeT militant, Mohammad Altaf Ganie alias Cheema, from village
Raipora, Palhalan (Baramulla District). The militant was involved
in the killing of Sarpanch Ghulam Mohammad Yatoo on September
December 19: United States asked
Pakistan to dismantle LeT. This is for the first time probably that
the US has urged Pakistan to dismantle LeT.
The last surviving LeT militants
in village Saidapora of Sopore locality in Baramulla District opened
fire injuring two SF personnel when they were clearing the debris
from the encounter site.
The US Government has informed Federal
Court in New York court that Pakistan's ISI and its former Director
Generals "enjoy immunity" in the case related to November 26, 2008,
and asked Pakistan to dismantle LeT and support India's efforts
to counter terrorist threat.
December 18: The SFs shot dead six
militants belonging to LeT outfit in village Saidapora of Sopore
locality in Baramulla District.
December 17: UMHA Sushilkumar Shinde
asserted in Parliament that Pakistan had misled India on the arrest
of 26/11 attack mastermind and LeT 'chief' and JuD 'founder' Hafiz
Saeed, stating that Saeed was never arrested for the 26/11 massacre.
December 16: SFs trapped a group
of 5-6 heavily armed militants in village Hard Shiva in Sopore area
of Baramulla District. This is the same area where SFs shot dead
a 'divisional commander' of LeT and two other militants on December
December 14: Pakistan Federal Minister
of Interior A Rehman Malik defended LeT 'founder' and JuD 'chief'
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
December 13: UMHA Sushilkumar Shinde
said that HM and LeT outfits remain to be the dominant militant
groups operating in parts of J&K despite improvement situation.
A 'divisional commander' of LeT
was among three top militants killed in two separate incidents in
Cherhar Tujar and Mundji areas of Sopore in Baramulla District.
December 11: MoS for Home Affairs,
R.P.N. Singh, told the Lok Sabha that LeT, IM, BKI and KTF are interested
in carrying out terrorist attacks in India.
Poonch's Principal Sessions Judge
Kishore Kumar acquitted an alleged LeT 'commander', identified as
Taj, in murder case as the prosecution failed to prove its case.
December 9: Two LeT militants shot
dead trying to infiltrate in Krishna Ghati sector on LoC in Poonch
December 7: Kathmandu has been asked
to strengthen its screening process along India-Nepal borders as
HuM, LeT and JeM were using it to launch terror modules in India.
December 5: Drawing its cadres from
LeT, JeM and HM, terrorist outfit HuA is resuming operations under
a new name of Jabbar-ul-Mujahideen.
November 28: The sentencing of American-born
LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley has been fixed for January 17,
2013 while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled
for January 15 from December 4.
November 27: Replying to a question,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs R. P. N Singh told Lok
Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) that various terrorist groups,
including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Jaish-e-Mohammed
(JeM) are engaged in terrorist activities in the country. "As per
available information, militants/terrorists active in India are
often supported by their parent outfits based abroad, particularly
in Pakistan," he said. Singh said other terrorist outfits which
are active in India include Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Al-Umma,
Al Badr, Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HuJI), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM),
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)
and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).
November 26: US Under Secretary
for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman said that the US is reviewing
India's request for the extradition of November 26, 2008 (26/11),
conspirators David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana.
November 21: LeT has threatened
to avenge the hanging of Ajmal Kasab at the earliest. The Police
have sounded a high alert in Reasi District in general and Katra
town in particular where the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi is nestled
in the Trikuta Hills.
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, LeT terrorist
from 26/11 terror attack, was hanged to death at the Yerawada Prison
in Pune (Maharashtra).
The President had rejected Kasab's
mercy plea on November 5.
The LeT, accused of masterminding
the 26/11 mumbai terror attack, called Muhammad Ajmal Amin Iman
alias Kasab a "hero and a source of inspiration" for other fighters.
The TTP too condemned Kasab's death.
The extremist outfits showered praises on the Kasab, elevating him
to the rank of a "new icon". To them, Kasab had gone thousands of
miles away on a "holy mission".
November 16: Police recovered huge
quantity of ammunition and explosives from an OGW of LeT from Chaki-Chollan
area in Shopian District. Police said that 300 rounds of AK ammunition
and 60 kilograms of RDX were recovered from his possession.
November 14: India is struggling
to bring back several most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz
Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar, Iqbal Memon alias Iqbal Mirchi among
November 13: Militant, identified
as Shabir Ahmad Mir a top 'commander' of LeT, was shot dead in an
encounter with the SFs in Kujjar village of Kulgam District.
November 10: LeT 'commander' Muzaffar
Molvi alias Muzza Molvi escaped from Army and Police in Sidiq Colony
in Sopore town of Baramulla. Police and Army launched a joint operation.
November 8: Principal Sessions Judge
Udhampur awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and fine of INR
10,000 to LeT militant Abu Baker, son of Abdullah of Manipur.
LeT operative Syed Zabiuddin Ansari
aka Abu Jundal sent money to India from Saudi Arabia at least twice
after the Mumbai attack.
The Maharashtra ATS filed a supplementary
charge sheet against Jundal in the May 9, 2009 Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
arms haul case before MCOCA Court.
Jundal also told Gujarat Police
that LeT used Gujarat riots (2002) as an emotional trigger to introduce
Gujarat youths to terrorism. A strong terror network has been built
in the state.
November 7: Jatti border on Bihar-Kathmandu
route is being used by LeT and HM militants to enter into India
and reach Jammu and Kashmir.
November 6: UMHA Sushil Kumar Shinde
showed concern over the efficacy of red corner notices on terrorist
vis-à-vis Pakistan providing shelter to the perpetrators of March
12, 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial bomb blasts and November 26,
2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attacks, like Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz
Police arrested a LeT militant,
his wife and two children at Thanna Mandi Bridge in Rajouri District.
The militant had taken the route of Karachi-Kathmandu-Bihar-Jammu
to reach Rajouri.
November 5: Police learnt that "several
cadres of LeT and IM are hiding in Mumbai (Maharasthra), Karnataka
and Andhra Pradesh. LeT and IM are coordinating with associates
of Fayaz Kagzi in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
November 4: Syed Thanjim allegedly
links to terror outfits LeT and HuJI has been arrested by Bangalore
City (Karnataka) Crime Branch team. He was a close associate of
Shoaib Ahmad Mirza alias Chotu who was arrested on August 29, 2012.
November 3: The Maharashtra ATS
filed a supplementary charge sheet in the special court against
suspected LeT operative Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in the
2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
Interrogation report of six militants
of LeT reveals that the LeT aims to push back the economy of Jammu
and Kashmir and disrupt the communication system in the state by
destroying the mobile towers.
October 30: According to the Police,
around 18 youths from the Jammu and Kashmir have joined different
militant groups during the year 2012. Most of these young persons
have joined HM or LeT, two key militant outfits operating in the
Unconfirmed reports put the number
of Kashmiri youth who have taken up gun in the past one year at
more than 40.
October 29: Islamabad (Pakistan)
agreed in principle to allow a team of Indian investigators to access
the evidence collected against arrested LeT 'commander' Zakiur Rehman
Lakhvi and six others being tried in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack
The USA has assured the NIA access
to LeT operative David Coleman Headley and his girlfriend. NIA team
has also sought access to Headley's wife Shazia Gilani and his associate
Tahawwur Hussain Rana.
October 24: According Zabihuddin
Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Abu Ismail had worked as a compounder at
a Civil Hospital in Karachi, in Pakistan, before joining the terror
October 22: Another employee of
hotel Silver Star in Srinagar succumbed to injuries in the raising
the death toll to two in the shootout by LeT militants on October
Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu
Jundal is being probed by Gujarat ATS that whether did he set up
sleeper cells for terrorists in Gujarat. ATS officials produced
Jundal before a local court which granted him remand till November
October 21: Two LeT militants, including
a 'divisional commander', identified as Muzamil Amin Dar alias
Urfi alias Abu Hushaam, were killed by the SFs in Shallapora
locality of Sopore in Baramulla District. The other slain militant
was identified as Abdullah Shaheen, a Pakistani resident.
Delhi Police prepared a list of
460 important places that may be attacked by IM terrorists during
Diwali. LeT have threatened to blow up important places around Diwali.
Abu Jundal was brought to Ahmadabad
by a team of State ATS.
Jundal revealed how Pakistan's ISI
officer Major Sameer Ali had a long conversation with Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi, chief operational commander of LeT, a few hours before the
26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
October 20: To prevent attacks on
Srinagar and National Highway from LeT, which had made base in the
outskirts of Srinagar, Army has set up a camp in village Chattergam
in Budgam District.
October 19: Abu Jundal has said
that he had seen US national David Headley while undergoing training
in Muridke city of Lahore District in Punjab Province of Pakistan.
A youth from Aurangabad District
of Maharashtra, who deposed before the Court said that he used to
live in Beed District earlier and had seen Baig working with terror
suspect Abu Jundal in 2006.
The LeT militants attacked an Army
convoy in Srinagar on Bypass near Srinagar Railway Station in Jammu
and Kashmir and while fleeing through a nearby hotel fired at their
staff, killing one of them and injuring two others.
LeT spokesman Abdullah Gaznavi claiming
attack on the Army convoy on Srinagar Bypass said that four Fidayeen
took part in the attack in which two Army vehicles were damaged.
October 18: Fayyaz Kagzi, LeT operative,
helped Abu Jundal in fleeing the country when he was under the radar
of the ATS after the Aurangabad arms haul case of May, 2006.
Bilal Shaikh alias Lalbaba, a LeT
terrorist who was arrested for hatching a conspiracy to attack the
MPA in Nashik, received training in Muzaffarabad District of Azad
Jammu and Kashmir, in an advanced combat course.
October 17: Police have also learnt
from the arrested men that several LeT and IM operatives are hiding
in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
LeT and IM are in constant touch with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia-based
associates of Fayyaz Kagzi.
October 16: Revelations made by
Abu Jundal disclosed that LeT has permeated Bangladesh administration.
Jundal has revealed that at least
12 IM and LeT modules have been trained to target major Indian cities.
The ISI was involved in every stage
of the 26/11 attacks, which were planned and launched over a long
period. The charge sheet names Pakistan''s FIA and the ISI as facilitators
for terror groups such as the LeT.
Intelligence agencies have established
that the bombs used in both Zaveri Bazaar blasts in Mumbai (July
13, 2011) 13/7 and Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012)
were made by two Pakistani LeT militants.
October 12: LeT leader Fayyaz Kagzi,
said to be the mentor of three IM operatives arrested by Delhi Police,
did not engage Asad, Imran and Sayed but they volunteered to carry
IM is worth INR 500 million and
its major donors are the rich Sheikhs of Saudi and Gulf countries.
Pakistan's ISI has entrusted LeT to arrange funds for IM during
holy month of Ramadan when rich donate for zakaat.
October 11: Delhi Police stumbled
upon the IM module by tracing their phone calls and email conversations
with their contacts, suspected to be the Bhatkal brothers and Fayyaz
Kagzi in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
It was through Fayyaz Kagzi that
Asad was introduced to Riyaz and Iqbal. He then remained in touch
them through email and phone.
October 9: Police have come across
with revelations made by three militants, including a woman from
PoK, who had returned from Pakistan via Nepal that they had been
plotting to target Baglihar hydro-electric power project at Chanderkoot
in Ramban District. The plot to target Baglihar project was hatched
in PoK by top LeT 'commander' Abu Faraar with the help of Pakistan
Army and ISI.
October 8: Abu Jundal was remanded
in the NIA custody till October 20, 2012 by a Delhi court.
October 5: Three alleged LeT terrorists,
including a Pakistani national, facing trial on charges of plotting
an attack to disrupt celebrations being held in 2007 to mark the
150th anniversary of the First War of Independence, were acquitted
by a trial court in New Delhi.
October 4: Following an application
for custody by the NIA, Abu Jundal was produced before the court
of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Delhi, and sent in judicial custody
till October 12, 2012.
October 1: Fresh handwritten posters
of LeT threatening the panchayat chiefs with "dire consequences"
surfaced, adding a deadline of October 3, in Srinagar's old city
Police busted a LeT module in the
Budgam District by arresting six militants. The arrestees were found
involved in the burning of Baba Hanief-ud-din shrine at Ratsuna
in Beeru on July 15, 2012 and a Masjid in Narbal Magam, both in
Police said Farooq Ahmad Mir, one
of the arrestees, confessed before the Budgam Judicial Magistrate
that he was directed by the LeT militants in Pakistan to burn the
religious places to ignite an agitation like that of 2010.
September 30: Maharashtra ATS and
Central agencies probing the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) blasts
are now closing in on fronts funding IM and its activities. One
such key front based in south India projects itself as dedicated
to social service but is modelled along the lines of the banned
JuD in Pakistan the LeT's parent body. It has set up several illegal
financial channels through which money is being channelled into
the country for IM activities.
September 28: During a public hearing
organised by the Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production
of the Senate or upper house of parliament, former FIA chief Tariq
Pervez Khosa had said that sleuths had uncovered two LeT training
camps in Thatta and Karachi, the capital of Sindh Province that
were used by militants involved in 26/11.
September 27: Army thwarted infiltration
attempt by a group of five to six LeT militants at forward village
of Balnoi on the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch District, killing
two militants and forcing others to retreat to PoK.
September 26: LeT founder and JuD
'chief' Hafiz Muhammad Saeed accused US President Barack Obama of
starting a religious war against Muslims over his handling of the
In the second charge sheet,filed
by Delhi Police, Abu Jundal is accused of involvement in terror
activities across India. "He, along with Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT] chief
Zaki-ur-Rehman alias Lakhvi, monitored the 26/11 attacks from a
control room at Malir in Karachi [Pakistan]," says the charge sheet.
It also names Fasih Mohammad as a suspect in the Bangalore and Delhi
blasts. He has been detained in Saudi Arabia.
The charge sheet said Jundal stated
that one of the LeT operatives, Asim alias Abu Kahajo, the main
handler of 10 terrorists involved in Mumbai terror attack, blamed
failure of intended operation in September 2008 on selection of
wrong time and the bad situation of Moon.
The Centre asked all coastal states
to step up vigilance in coordination with local Police and Indian
Coast Guard. The instructions were passed on to state agencies during
a meeting of security and intelligence officials in light of intelligence
inputs stating LeT's plan to carry out attacks in India anytime
between September 2012 and January 2013.
Pakistan has linked India's demand
for speeding up the 26/11 blast trial India's decision on allowing
a Pakistani judicial commission to visit Mumbai for a second time
to cross-examine four witnesses. Pakistan put forth its condition
when Shinde raised the issue of speeding up the trial against the
seven jailed Pakistani accused including LeT 'commanders' Zakir-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu Al Qama and others.
The Mumbai Police suspect that
the LeT may have conspired to send 26/11 handler Abu Jundal from
Pakistan to the Middle East, so he could be caught by Indian agencies,
thereby exposing the involvement of an Indian in the terror attacks.
Sources said that after Pakistan
received a lot of criticism about the setting up of a control room
in Karachi (Sindh) to coordinate the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai,
LeT bosses ensured that Jundal, a native of Beed District of Maharashtra,
moved to the Middle East so he could come into the radar of Indian
Security has been strengthened
at places frequented by Israelis, such as Chabad House in Mumbai
(Maharashtra) and Paharganj in New Delhi, following a general alert
about the possibility of attacks by terrorist group LeT.
Police have learnt that 35 terrorists
of Indian Mujahideen (IM), LeT, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and other
organizations might cause a disturbance in the upcoming festive
season. Apart from making the faces of these terrorists public,
Police are deploying extra men to check out guesthouses and other
September 25: A top LeT 'commander'
was among two militants killed in an encounter in Handwara forests
of Kupwara District. An Army trooper was killed, while two Army
troopers, including an officer, were injured in the encounter.
The trial of LeT 'commander' Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi and six other Pakistani suspects charged with involvement
in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks was adjourned till September 29, 2012,
as the judge was unavailable to conduct the hearing. Court officials
in Rawalpindi (Punjab) said the hearing had been put off till September
Meanwhile, India asked Pakistan
to expedite the trial of 26/11 Mumbai (Maharashtra) attacks accused
when Indian Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushil Kumar Shinde met
his counterpart Rehman Malik in Maldivian capital Male.
September 24: UMHA has asked the
Jammu and Kashmir Government to hold early elections for civic bodies
and block development councils, given intelligence alert that Pakistan-based
LeT is intimidating people against participating in the democratic
The special cell arrested a 29-year-old
Nigerian, identified as Theophilus, along with his local aide, Gurpreet,
possessing 8kg of heroin worth INR 200 million from Pankha Road
in Delhi. It is also reported that the drug syndicate has connection
with a LeT group processing heroin, and then smuggling it into India
from Pakistan through the Attari border, Amritsar District of Punjab.
The accused is part of a network of Nigerians settled in Pakistan
and Afghanistan with its headquarters in Karachi (Sindh).
Police custody of LeT operative
Abu Jundal was extended by nine more days, till October 3, 2012,
by Chief Judicial Magistrate A.D. Sawant.
September 17: MAC alert, based
on inputs received from sources, has said that LeT is reorganizing
its external operations group to plan a terror attack outside Pakistan.
The alert said that the attacks have been planned in September 2012
and two simultaneous attacks at different locations during November
2012 to January 2013.
MAC has also mentioned LeT militant
Sajid Mir, who had worked closely with 26/11 mastermind David Coleman
Headley and LeT handler Muzammil, in its alert. MAC alert has also
said that the militants of LeT have already moved out of Pakistan
to conduct 'unrevealed intelligence activities'.
September 22: Abu Jundal told Police
that two Indian nationals are still living in LeT's Bait-ul-Mujahideeen,
a training camp of militants in Pakistan. Jundal told Police that
two boys from his native District-Beed (Maharashtra) are still living
in Pakistan. Jundal identified them as Aijaz alias Abu Sherjil
and Masood alias Abu Zarar.
September 21: Minister of State
for Home Affairs Ramachandran Mullappally said that the government
received intelligence in July that LeT was conspiring to hijack
a flight between New Delhi and Srinagar, most likely with HM assistance.
September 18: The Additional Sessions
Court in Nashik of Maharashtra adjourned the trial in the case of
alleged conspiracy by LeT militants to attack the Maharashtra Police
Academy here in 2010 till October 3, 2012.
September 16: Abu Jundal key conspirator
of 26/11 told interrogators that he was assisting the LeT
in maintaining their website for six to seven months prior to the
September 15: Two LeT militants
were killed as SF personnel launched an operation in Baila near
Mohra on the eastern side of river Jhelum in the forests of Uri
in Baramulla District
September 14: Principal Sessions
Judge Udhampur (Udhampur District), A K Koul awarded 10 years imprisonment
to Mohd Yousuf alias Mithu, a close associate of LeT ‘commander’
September 11: Jundal also said the
ISI major interacted with LeT bosses present in the control room,
September 10: The killing of Palhalan
Sarpanch took place after LeT posters had appeared in several
areas of Pattan asking Panchs and Sarpanchs to resign
or face consequences. These posters appeared outside Masjids.
The Delhi Police has charge sheeted
four persons, including a suspected LeT operative for allegedly
planning to execute blasts at major shopping centres in Delhi at
the behest of their Pakistani handlers.
September 9: SFs destroyed a natural
hideout of LeT militants and recovered a large quantity of arms,
ammunition and explosive material from Budhal area under the jurisdiction
of Kandi Police Station in Rajouri District.
Up to 43 organisations, trusts and
groups have been outlawed so far by the Government for alleged involvement
in terrorist activities, according to figures released by the Interior
Minister. Including JuD. Though JuD remained proscribed by the UN,
it was not banned by the Government until 2002 when its name had
been changed to LeT.
September 8: A highly-specialised
cyber division of Pakistan’s the ISI has been assigned the task
of training operatives of militant outfits in the use of cyber technology.
The ISI’s cyber experts are visiting training camps of militant
outfits like the LeT, JeM and the IM most of which are located in
PoK to train their cadre in use of computers.
September 4: Minister of State for
Home Affairs, Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha, "During
investigation of the (26/11) case pertaining to the activities of
[Pakistani-American LeT operative] David Coleman Headley and others
it was revealed that fake Indian currency notes were given to him
for using these in India.” He added: "Under the Indo-US homeland
security dialogue, counterfeit currency is one of the aspects for
Pakistan's Interior Ministry warned
authorities that a group of TTP militants plan to carry out attacks
on targets in Islamabad and Rawalpindi Districts, including the
prison where LeT militants charged with involvement in the Mumbai
attacks of 2008 are being held.
September 4: Abu Jundal told investigators
that the Karachi control room, from where handlers guided 26/11
terrorists, was set up three days before the attack and was equipped
with various gadgets, including laptops and satellite phones. The
control room was established on the orders of LeT ‘chief’ Hafiz
Saeed in the office of one Abu Yakoob in the locality of Quaidabad
in Karachi District in the Sindh Province, between Malir Cantonment
and Jinnah International Airport. Jundal further told interrogators
that, on November 26, 2008 Shah, Nadeem and Kahafa fasted and regularly
inspected the gadgets. During the day, two Pakistani army officers—Major
Sameer Ali and Sajid Mir—came to the control room, checked up on
everybody and left. Nadeem also left at some point. Around 7pm,
LeT ‘commander’ Zaki-Ur-Rahman Lakhvi arrived with Abu Alkama and
Abu Wassi, broke their fast and offered namaz. They took dinner
at 8pm and switched on the TV. Jundal told investigators that he
instructed terrorists Abu Babar Imran and Nasir Abu Umar, who attacked
Nariman House in Colaba in Mumbai.
September 1: In a crackdown on terror
modules operating in Karnataka, Bangalore Police arrested one more
youth with alleged links to LeT and HuJI.
August 31: The Aurangabad ATS arrested
four men with LeT in Nanded city in Nanded District, who were allegedly
in contact with the 11 men arrested in Karnataka.
Fresh evidence has emerged that
top 26/11 suspect Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi continues to be provided
security by the LeT though he is in the maximum-security AT Adiala
jail in Rawalpindi District of Punjab Province in Pakistan.
August 30: US Treasury Department
designated eight leaders of the LeT as terrorists and placed sanctions
on them, holding them accountable for the Mumbai attacks in 2008,
and attacks on coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. According
to a press release, the leaders who face sanctions include Sajid
Mir, Abdullah Mujahid, Ahmed Yaqub, Hafiz Khalid Walid, Qari Muhammad
Yaqoob Sheikh, Amir Hamza, Abdullah Muntazir and Talha Saeed.
Meanwhile, the JuD said that it
had no link with the LeT. The JuD’s statement came hours after the
US announced that it was freezing the assets the JuD or its eight
leaders may have in the US and prohibiting the US citizens and officials
from engaging in any business with these individuals. Senior JuD
leader Amir Hamza described the US decision as an attempt to defame
the JuD leadership. “The LeT is an occupied Kashmir-based religious
organisation, which has been struggling to help Kashmiris get freedom
from India and we have no link with the LeT,” said Amir Hamza, adding
the American action to place JuD leaders’ names on the US list of
specially designated persons with link to terrorism was absolutely
wrong and baseless.
India welcomed the US action slapping
sanctions on LeT top eight ‘commanders’, including 26/11 terror
attacks mastermind Sajid Mir.
August 29: The security agencies,
meanwhile, ruled out the possibility of the LeT top ‘commander’,
Fahadullah, operating in Sopore area being the part of the mission.
Fierce gun fight followed when SFs
trapped the ‘divisional commander’ of the LeT in Kashmir valley,
Mohammad Qasim, and ‘district commander’ of the outfit, Mudasir
Sheikh, in village Brinail in Pirpanchal Mountains in Kulgam District.
11 persons with suspected links
to terror outfits LeT and HuJI were arrested from Bangalore and
Hubil in Dharwad District
Two of the 11 arrested in Karnataka
for links with LeT and HuJI had reportedly met top
officials of Pakistan's ISI.
August 28: The trial court that
sentenced the lone arrested 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Pakistani
national Ajmal Kasab to death has permitted Mumbai Police to collect
original recordings of intercepts made by intelligence agencies
during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, and match them with voice
samples of one of the prime handlers of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks
and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal
August 27: The intelligence agencies
have cautioned the Jammu and Kashmir Police to keep a close watch
on the activities of HM and LeT who are trying to rope in surrendered
militants back into their fold.
August 24: MCOCA court sent prime
handler of the 26/11 attacks and LeT operative Abu Jundal in Police
custody till September 3, 2012, in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul
August 23: Based on intelligence
inputs, the RBI has asked banks to scrub the system to spot the
transfer of funds to an account in Lahore (Pakistan), in what is
seen as a significant move to spot beneficiaries and supporters
of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed in India.
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) is
said to have stumbled upon "huge funds being transferred to
Jamaat-Ud-Dawa [JuD] account in the name of Al-Rashid Trust and
the money is coming from Arab countries". IB believes some
of the terror funding to Saeed might have been routed through Indian
banks and has sought RBI's assistance.
August 19: Army warns of potential
recruitment of jihadis in India as they got information about LeT
and its political front, JuD, holding a meeting in Karachi (Pakistan)
on July 2 on the attack on Rohingiya Muslims in Myanmar, a senior
Army officer told.
August 14: The special MCOCA court
remanded one of the prime handlers of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and
arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal in Maharashtra ATS custody till
August 24 in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad (Maharashtra) arms
August 12: UMHA sounded a high alert
in J&K Airports along with few other sensitive Airports of the
country on the inputs given by the Intelligence agencies that 14
militants of LeT were plotting to hijack an aircraft to get some
of their top colleagues released from the jail.
A high alert was sounded at Jaipur
(Rajasthan) airport by the CISF and the city Police in the wake
of an IB alert on a possible hijack plan at four probable spots
in the country, including Jaipur. In its advisory, the IB
referred to LeT and former SIMI members and also gave names of seven
suspects to the State Police agencies, which included two pilots
and two couples from Ahmadabad (Gujarat).
LeT is planning to hijack plane
from Ahmadabad (Gujarat) says IB source. The Ahmadabad airport has
been put on high alert following the inputs. The source also said
that two hardcore LeT members are among the 21 involved in the plot.
LeT operative Abu Jundal made a
confessional statement before a magistrate giving a deep insight
into Pakistan-based LeT terror group's role in the 26/11 attacks.
A communication between terrorist of two terrorist organisations,
LeT and IM, intercepted by the central IB has revealed that terror
operatives failed to plant a bomb-laden car in Ahmadabad.
August 10: BCAS issued a circular
to all airports in the country, after getting information that a
team of 14 people has been trained to hijack an aircraft. The circular
said that some LeT cadres, including female and two male cadres,
have sneaked into the country and they have made fake identity cards
in Ahmedabad (Gujarat).
LeT operative Abu Jundal has told
Mumbai Police that terror group LeT is planning to carry out aerial
attacks on Indian cities and has trained 150 paragliders for this.
Security at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi
International Airport has been beefed up after IB alerted security
agencies that militants belonging to LeT may try to hijack a plane
ahead of the Independence Day.
August 9: LeT operative Abu Jundal,
has shown his willingness to confess his role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks
before the magistrate court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure
Ajmal Amir Kasab identified Abu
Jundal as one of the key conspirators of the Mumbai terror attacks.
They were questioned together inside Kasab's high-security prison
by the Police at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.
August 8: Mumbai Crime Branch officials
picked up a man from Beed (Maharashtra) for his alleged role in
August 1 Pune bomb blast. The name has not been disclosed, but the
man is alleged accomplice of one of the prime handlers of the 26/11
attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal.
Abu Jundal told to Mumbai Police’s
crime branch that he was not the first choice to help coordinate
the attacks. According to Jundal, LeT operative Zulfikar Fayyaz
Kagzi was the first choice.
One of the prime handlers of 26/11
Mumbai attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal told the Maharashtra
ATS that two senior ISI officers are exclusively in charge of the
Indian operatives of the LeT.
August 7: Pakistan
Judicial commission wants to visit India again for cross examination
of witnesses of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, for gathering
evidence against seven accused, including Let militant, Zaki-ur
One of the prime handlers of 26/11
Mumbai attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal has told the
investigator 26/11 was allegedly a part of LeT plan to adopt a ‘more
aggressive’ anti-India approach.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal
Verma said that apart from conventional challenges and geopolitical
forces, terrorism from the sea and terrorism at sea were now present-day
realities and combating naval terror threats is a part of Indian
Navy’s preparation. He was responding to a question on the
recent alleged disclosure that the LeT had reactivated its maritime
August 6: Kerala Crime Branch team
arrested three suspects, who allegedly have links with terrorist
outfit LeT, from their hideout at Perumbavoor in Ernakulum District.
Members of eight little-known terrorist
groups met under the ‘chairmanship’ of LeT’s Abdullah Ghaznavi and
warned journalists "to remain away from security agencies and
police officers". Journalists were warned against "strengthening
the occupation and instead highlight the pain and suffering of Kashmiris
due to oppressive state-sponsored policies" at the meeting.
August 3: Police and Army recovered
a consignment of arms and ammunition belonging to LeT in Mendhar
tehsil of Poonch District.
One of the handlers of as 26/11
Mumbai attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal named Indian
operatives of LeT who have been in Pakistan for long. The four are
— Abu Sherjil and Abu Jarar from Beed, Abu Musab from Jammu, who,
along with Jundal, is an accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul
case. The fourth person is Abu Jaid alias Lal Baba, who has been
booked in the plot to blow up the Nasik Police Academy.
Abu Jundal, told the Police that
the Pune German Bakery blast conspiracy was planned in 2008 but
it could not be executed as the LeT bosses wanted a Mumbai operation
Justice V. K. Shali Tribunal has
submitted its report on SIMI to the MHA, confirming the ban on SIMI
that it has links with Pakistan-based terror outfits, including
the LeT and its frontal outfit, the IM.
One of the handlers of the 26/11
Mumbai attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal said to Crime
Branch of the Police that the arrest of 10 LeT members by Pakistan's
FIA immediately after 26/11 was eyewash.
August 2: A LeT ‘district commander’,
identified as Hanzala, is believed to be dead in an encounter in
the forest area of Handwara in Kupwara District.
Secretary of State of the Department
had also designated certain organisations as FTOs in accordance
with Section 219 of the INA. Those designated as FTO included HuJI,
HuM, JeM and LeT, which are also conducting terrorist activities
in J&K State.
The actual size of LeT is unknown,
but it has several thousand members in PoK and Punjab Province of
Pakistan, besides southern Kashmir, and Doda regions.
The 'Country Report on Terrorism
2011', released by the US State Department this week states Several
terrorist organisations like LeT have also been collecting funds
in the form of donations from wealthy persons including Kashmiri
business persons and several Pakistan expatriate communities in
the Middle East and Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, Islamic
non-governmental organizations and Pakistani business families.
August 1: One of the handlers of
26/11 Mumbai attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal’s IP
addresses will be access by the Police officials to ascertain the
fact that he communicated with his fellow terrorists through email
when he was on the run and was in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi
Abu Jundal revealed that one of
the key participants in the preparation of the 26/11 terror strike,
another top LeT commander, Abu al Kafa, had apprised Headley of
the five targets in Mumbai. Abu al Kafa had briefed US national
David Coleman Headley about the sites in Mumbai to be recced for
July 31: Expressing great concern
over continued threat posed by LeT to stability in South Asia, the
US asked Pakistan to take more action against the terrorist group
responsible for the 26/11.
One of the handlers of 26/11 Mumbai
attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal’s, who is in custody
of the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police, custody has been extended
till August 13, after it said it wanted to match the 26/11 handler's
DNA sample with those collected from Kuber boat that launched the
perpetrators on Mumbai shores.
The US State Department 2011 Country
Reports on Terrorism unveiled has warned that “terrorist opponents
of better Indian-Pakistan relations, such as the LeT have long planned
to derail any progress by launching new attacks.
Pakistan remained a critical partner
on counter-terrorism efforts, actively engaging against al Qaeda
and the TTP, but its cooperation regarding other terrorist groups,
such as LeT.
July 30: Abu Jundal revealed that
LeT and state agencies in Pakistan feared that their calls to the
terrorists engaged in the 26/11 Mumbai attack would be traced to
them and Indian intelligence agencies would try and plot to hit
the control room.
Another LeT operative (name with
held by crime branch) in Aurangabad introduced Abu Jundal to LeT,
months before meet Aslam Kashmiri.
July 29: Abu Jundal revealed that
LeT had financed the work permits procured by him, procurement for
‘recruited’ Indian youths in Saudi Arabia.
July 27: Police and Army recovered
arms ammunition at Shirpora in Baramulla. Police said that during
the search operation at village Shirpora, one AK 47 magazine, 30
rounds of AK ammunition, two hand grenades, 14 leaves of Al-Badr
letter pad and three of LeT was recovered.
Abu Jundal has revealed that LeT
has plans to carry out at least 10 more attacks across India, in
coming five years, for which, he had expressed his willingness to
July 26: SFs arrested a LeT militant
from Wahipora village in Pulwama District, and are questioning him
about LeT men who carried out recent strikes against Police and
Army in South Kashmir.
In 2005 that Jundal got close to
LeT operative Aslam Kashmiri, who he met in Beed, and started participating
in terror activities.
The Mumbai crime branch is also
questioning Jundal to find out who is the other Indian citizen who
knew about the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. LeT operative David
Coleman Headley had told his interrogators about this person from
Police sources said Jundal and his
accomplice Zulfiqar Fayaz Kagzi also recruited two men, Nasir and
Azhar from Marathwada to undergo training with the LeT.
Sources in the Police who have interrogated
both Ajmal Kasab and Headley said that LeT had initially handpicked
32 operatives to undergo the Daura-e-Khaas training near the Chelabandi
Mountains near Muzaffarabad in PoK. Later, LeT chief Zakiur Rehman
Lakhvi visited the camp and shortlisted 16 operatives. Of the 16,
three ran away from the camp. The rest were taken to Muridke, where
they were indoctrinated about the “holy war”.
Police are also questioning Jundal
about the about the two Karachi setups - one run by the LeT and
the other by Abdur Rehman Hashim alias Pasha. Sources said
both camps had been set up to recruit Indians for subversive activities
within India. Jundal is also being grilled for details on Abdur
Rehman Hashim, a retired major from the 6th Baloch regiment of the
Pakistan Army. A source claimed Hashim has engineered many terror
strikes in India and was initially within the LeT core group, which
planned the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
July 25: Abu Jundal has confirmed
that the voice in the terror tapes as his, sources in the MHA revealed.
July 24: Frontal organisations linked
to the JuD and their OGWs are on major fund-raising activities,
particularly in Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia. Organization and
outfits like the Al Mansoreen, Pasban-e-Ahle-Hadith, Pasban-e-Kashmir,
Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq, have been collecting funds through their
volunteers in places like Dubai, Sharjah, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Qatar, Oman and other Gulf countries.
Abu Jundal has disclosed the names
of more than two dozen Indian terrorists in Pakistan planning attacks
on India. Faiyyaz Kagzi, Raheel Shaikh, Taqueer Subhan Qureshi,
Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Yasin Sidibapa and his mentor Aslam
Kashmiri are among a few named by him (met in LeT camps in Rawalpindi
and Muridke), however, he did not meet Bhatkal brothers.
Abu Kahafa, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi,
Abu Wassi, Zarar Shah and a major general monitored the 26/11 attacks.
Jundal communicated with terrorists Imran Babbar alias Kasha
and Abu Umar who laid seige to Nariman House in Colaba.
Jundal has told the Police that
he was taken into the core group of LeT founder and JuD chief Hafeez
Mohammad Saeed in August 2008, four months before the attack.
Abu Jundal confirmed that LeT operative
Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley visited Mumbai and took
video footage of key installations in the city.
July 23: Abu Jundal revealed that
he had been briefed about the 26/11 terror strike four months in
advance by LeT high ranking militants in Pakistan.
Jundal claimed that LeT wanted to
carry out a major suicide attack on the Nasik Police academy. The
LeT had set up its modules in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and south
Jundal described LeT a pro-Pakistan
terror group as against al Qaeda and TTP which, according to him,
are against the country. He further revealed that the Pakistan government
could not take action against LeT as the organisation was present
in each District and tehsil with more than 2, 50,000 donation
boxes across the country.
Jundal has further admitted that
he taught Hindi to Ajmal Amir Kasab and the nine other terrorists
who launched the 26/11 attacks. Sources confirmed that he had revealed
the whereabouts of his associate Zulfikar Fayyaz Kagzi.
Abu Jundal had apparently received
similar training as Ajmal Amir Kasab. The duo had received similar
terror education, at least four levels of rigorous psychological
and physical tests. The training includes the Daura-e-Aam and Daura-e-Khaas.
Jundal told Police that after the
2008 attacks and US pressure, the Pakistan government was forced
to act. It was when the JuD, was forced to shut down. During all
this, Jundal got close to JuD member Ismail Shaban, who used to
rent out excavators for construction work.
Jundal has confirmed the presence
of Fayyaz Kagzi in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and said Indian LeT recruits
like Masood Azhar, Ijaz Sheikh, Lal Baba, Aslam Kashmiri and 13/7
attack accused Attarur Rehman Rahil Sheikh were being given shelter
in Karachi (Pakistan).
Jundal identified LeT as the group
responsible for December 28, 2005 IISc attack in Bangalore and January
1, 2008 strike at Rampur CRPF camp. Jundal has pin-pointed locations
of residences of those present in the 26/11 control room with detailed
description on LeT’s Muridke headquarters near Lahore.
Three militants owing allegiance
to the LeT and HM were among six persons pushed back by the Army
soon after their infiltration along the LoC in Poonch District.
Jundal said he visited Nepal in
2005 and attended a meeting of LeT sympathizers. In 2006, after
reaching Pakistan, he met militants in camps there. "Jundal had
easy access to JuD 'chief' Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan. Jundal underwent
terror training twice," said Kaushik, contradicting the Delhi Police
special cell's claim that he never underwent training as he was
suffering from back pain.
July 22: The security agencies are
contemplating to set up few new camps in South Kashmir to put pressure
on the militants operating in the area, mostly the LeT, who of late
have become more active in the area.
Security agencies data revealed
that there are 25 LeT militants operating in South Kashmir Police
Districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Awantipora and Anantnag while there
are 62 LeT militants operating in Bandipora, Sopore, Baramulla,
Handwara and Kupwara Police Districts.
July 21: Abu Jundal provided first-hand
evidence of recent vintage that "Project Karachi", an ISI backed
terror scheme to provide shelter to Indian terror fugitives, continues
to present a danger to India.
Further, the interrogation of Abu
Jundal, by the Delhi Police's special cell and central agencies
has shown that the 26/11 suspects operated out of several countries-
Pakistan, the US, Italy, Spain and Thailand, France and Sri Lanka.
July 20: The Special Cell of Delhi
Police registered a fresh case against the handler of the 26/11
Mumbai terrorist attacks and LeT operative Syed Zabiuddin Ansari
alias Abu Jundal "for allegedly conspiring to carry out more
deadly attacks on India, including Delhi".
The sources also claimed that Jundal
disclosed that the plan to attack the Nashik Police Academy (Maharashtra)
is on as a team of LeT terrorists is in India, and they may strike
at the academy anytime.
A Delhi court granted Jundal's custody
to the Maharashtra ATS. Jundal is facing three cases which are being
probed by the ATS, including the February 13, 2010, German Bakery
bomb blast and 2006 Aurangbad arms haul cases.
July 19: Key conspirator of 26/11
attack, Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal told his interrogators
that the planning for 26/11 started long back but a final team to
monitor the attack, with different tasks, was formed one year before
July 18: A LeT module operating
in the outskirts of Srinagar in Chadoora area of Budgam District
and Pampore area of Pulwama District is posing threat to Srinagar
Arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal
has disclosed that LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed
used to often meet top Pakistan Army corps commanders in Pakistan
to plan major terror strikes in India.
Jundal, during his custodial interrogation,
has also revealed the entire chain of command in LeT, highlighting
how the hierarchy works. He claims the top nine commanders are led
by Hafiz Saeed, followed by Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Muzamil Bhatt,
Rehan alias Junaid alias Wali, Abu Qahafa, Abu Al Qama, Abu Zarar,
Abu Jundal and Major Samir. It is also believed that Muzamil Bhat
and Major Samir are even now playing a key role in planning LeT's
anti-India operations. While Bhat is now LeT's 'operational commander',
Major Samir is the main link between various terrorist outfits and
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.
July 17: The GOC said that LeT is
making local recruitments in Kashmir to strengthen their depleting
cadres. He said that due to the strengthening of counter-infiltration
grid over the years infiltration has become very difficult for them.
July 16: SFs have launched a massive
man hunt against LeT 'commanders' in South Kashmir after July 3
and July 8 attacks in which two Police constables and an Army trooper
were killed respectively.
LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz
Muhammad Saeed, who has a USD 10 million bounty on his head and
is an accused in 26/11, has made his informal entry in the political
arena by moving the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan's
corruption-riddled and profligate ruling elite through his first
ever ''political-focused'' petition.
July 15: LeT militant, Abu Jundal,
has revealed that the 26/11 attacks were most probably planned spanning
across five countries- Pakistan, Sri Lanka, US, Italy and France.
July 13: One of the handlers of
26/11 terrorist attacks' gunmen and arrested LeT operative Syed
Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal told interrogators that
the LeT is planning major terror attacks in J&K and elsewhere in
July 12: The arrested LeT handler
Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has told the Intelligence
and Delhi Police officials that "10 SIM cards, used by 10 terrorists,
including lone survivor Ajmal Kasab, in Mumbai were procured and
sent to Pakistan by Abu Zar, Lashkar-e-Taiba's commander in Jammu
and Kashmir", said a source.
A year after the 13/7 blasts, the
probe led by Maharashtra's ATS has gone transnational as the key
wanted accused are believed to be operating from Saudi Arabia, Dubai,
Nepal and Pakistan.Police sources said central agencies are keeping
a watch on some persons in Dubai for their alleged role in financing
terrorist group IM, while Nepal has come under the radar after reports
emerged that IM operatives have got together with the LeT to set
up a base there.
July 10: 26/11 attack handler Abu
Jundal has been in custody of the Delhi Police's Special Cell since
June 21, but insiders say that his 'real' interrogation is yet to
begin. According to IB and the Delhi Police are seeking to establish
the exact links between LeT and IM.
July 9: Jammu and Kashmir's DGP,
K. Rajendra, said that the LeT militants in the valley were directly
taking orders from their bosses in Pakistan, Hafiz Saied and Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi, residing in Pakistan.
Syed Zaibuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal,
the key handler of 26/11 attack was given eight different aliases
by LeT leadership since his induction in the outfit till his stay
in Saudi Arabia, which also suggests that the organisation used
more than one Quniyat (nickname) for its militants.
Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow Foreign
Policy at Brookings Institution, considers LeT to be more dangerous
than al Qaeda.
After the arrest of top LeT militant
Abu Jundal, Indian security agencies have over the past few days
intercepted several wireless messages close to the LoC in the Kashmir
Valley in which LeT commanders operating out of Muzaffarabad in
PoK are telling counterparts across the border to launch major terror
strikes in the region.
July 8: LeT claimed responsibility
for the recent hit-and-run attacks in Pulwama and Kulgam Districts,
Times of India reported. "Our cadres killed one trooper and injured
another in the Pampore [Pulwama] attack [July 7]. We also snatched
one assault rifle from the army personnel," a local news agency
quoted LeT spokesman Abdullah Gaznavi as saying. Gaznavi also claimed
responsibility for the attacks on Policemen in Pulwama and Kulgam
on July 3.
Security along the National Highway
has been intensified after July 7 attack by the LeT in Pampore.
The LeT has developed a militant module in the outskirts of Srinagar
that is based in Nowgam area of Srinagar, Newa and Pampore area
of Pulwama bordering Srinagar. The module has posed a major security
challenge for Srinagar city and parts of National Highway. The sources
said that the militant module is headed by a Pakistani militant
and comprised of a local militant and some OGWs. Srinagar city is
already on alert and surprise security checks and frisking is being
conducted for past one week following the reports of this module
and other militant modules operating in Tral, Pulwama and Sopore
aiming at Srinagar.
Indian External Affairs Minister
S.M. Krishna, at his 30-minute meeting with Pakistani's Foreign
Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Tokyo (Japan) underlined the importance
of swift action to bring the perpetrators of November 26, 2008 (26/11)
to justice, saying New Delhi has given more concrete evidence against
those involved. Mr Krishna, who met Ms Khar on the sidelines of
a conference on Afghanistan, also raised the issue of LeT founder
Hafiz Saeed's continued anti-India propaganda, official sources
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the chief
of JuD, the frontal organisation of LeT, urged Pakistanis to join
the DPC protest. "All the people who believe that (the) US should
leave Afghanistan and Pakistan, they should come out of their homes
and join us," he said.
According to estimates by intelligence
agencies, Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the hinterland since 1993
in the form of 120 terror attacks has resulted in killing of over
1,200 civilians and injuries to over 4,000 others. Majority of these
incidents were serial blasts at public places by IM. Many IM militants
have been trained in LeT facilities in Pakistan where top leadership
of the outfit is currently based under ISI protection.
The 26/11 handler Abu Jundal has
told interrogators that it was LeT 'operation head' Muzammil Butt,
then operating in Kashmir, who along with dozen terrorists in Army
fatigues went to Chhattisinghpora village in Jammu and Kashmir's
Anantnag District on March 25, 2000 and killed 35 Sikhs. The aim
was to create communal tension in the Valley on the eve of then
US President Bill Clinton's visit to India and also malign the Indian
Sources said Jundal's revelation
has confirmed what agencies had always suspected based on credible
information. However, no investigation into the incident has yet
conclusively proved the hand of LeT. Investigating agencies had
arrested two suspected LeT militants Mohammad Suhail and Waseem
Ahmed, who hailed from Sialkot and Gujranwala in Pakistan for the
massacre. Both are still on trial.
According to sources, Muzammil,
who Union Home Minister P Chidambaram recently said had replaced
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi as LeT's operational head, was responsible
for several more killings in Kashmir Valley and this was something
he admitted to several of his LeT colleagues. Jundal was known to
be close to Muzammil, who was part of the Karachi-based control
room that directed the 26/11 attacks.
An official further commented, "This
was something agencies always had an idea of. This information had
also come up during the interrogation of David Coleman Headley.
Jundal is being quizzed on all the information available with the
agencies and is confirming what he thinks agencies already know
of. He is revealing little new information as yet."
Separately, Abu Jundal claimed that,
Abu Hamza, who has been linked to several terror strikes in the
country, including the December 28, 2005 attack on the Indian Institute
of Science (IISc) in Bangalore (Karnataka), is dead. Jundal also
claimed that he had attended the funeral of Hamza, who, he said,
died at the age of 39 due to a mysterious illness. His real name
is stated to be Mohammed Ramadhan Mohammed Siddiqui.
While elaborating on his meetings
with Hamza, Jundal, talked about his falling health from 2008 onwards
after which he was sidelined once he provided arms training to the
12 LeT militants, including Ajmal Kasab, for carrying out 26/11
attacks. Jundal further told interrogators that Hamza had entered
India through Nepal and executed the IISc attack and then escaped
to Pakistan through the same porous route.
July 7: Militants of LeT, struck
on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in the outskirts of Srinagar
killing an Army personnel, identified as Deepak Singh and injuring
another, identified as Trilok Nath. DIG South Kashmir, Vijay Kumar,
said that LeT militants came in a Santro car and fired upon at two
Army personnel, who were deployed for Road Opening Party (ROP) duty
near Kadalbal Chowk, Pampore in Pulwama District. Militants also
snatched an AK rifle from the possession of one of the Army soldier.
LeT claimed responsibility for the attack.
The DIG confirmed the LeT presence
in the Pampore area and said that a Pakistan and a local militant
are active in the outskirts of Pampore. He said that Police have
been tracking their movement.
Two militants reportedly escaped
after an encounter with SFs at village Kwath under the jurisdiction
of Chatroo Police station in Kishtwar District, leaving behind arms,
ammunition and explosive material. According to reports a fresh
cadre of LeT outfit Abu Akasha and a local recruit Babbar Hussain
of village Kushal could be hiding in village Kwath.
Recoveries made from the site included
one SLR, three rounds, one Chinese grenade, six packets of explosives,
two magazines and 40 rounds of AK and about a dozen detonators.
July 6: The DPC has also alleged
that the additional Police security provided to Hafiz Muhammad Saeed,
chief of the JuD, at his Jauhar Town residence has been withdrawn.
July 5: LeT operative Abu Jundal,
who is under the custody of the Delhi Police, has claimed that the
cartridges used by the 26/11 attackers was given to them by an ISI
officer, named Major Samir Ali. Jundal revealed Major Ali came to
PoK to hand over two cartons of AK-47 bullets to the terrorists
who were to carry out the 26/11 attacks.
The Indian agencies for the first
time sent an elaborate report to the FBI on LeT operative David
Coleman Headley's involvement in 26/11, based on interrogation of
Abu Jundal told Delhi Police that
LeT has jointly set up bases with IM all over India for future operations.
Jundal has also given important inputs about some invisible handlers
of LeT and IM who played important roles in blasts across the country
in the past four years.
Jundal, sources said, also gave
the names of various IM terrorists in India and teams have been
rushed to Hyderabad and Bangalore to look for some of them. The
teams are also on the lookout for IM members in Kolkata, Bihar,
Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, sources said.
Investigators have learnt that the
Karnavati Express blast that took place at Ahmedabad (Gujarat) railway
station in February 19, 2006 failed up due to insufficient training
given to the LeT operatives in Nepal. According to an officer, "The
timer was set wrong. The plan was for the train to explode at Mumbai
In his meeting with Indian Foreign
Minister, S.M. Krishna, in New Delhi, Pakistan's Foreign Secretary
Jalil Abbas Jilani said that the Pakistani judiciary made it impossible
to act against any terror group or an individual like JuD 'chief'
and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed without enough evidence against them.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
said that India has conveyed to Islamabad that information from
the interrogation of LeT terrorist Abu Jundal clearly pointed to
involvement of non-state actors and state actors in Pakistan who
were behind the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.
Separately, the Special Cell of
Delhi Police, which is interrogating Jundal, is believed to have
learnt that the LeT operative used nine emails and carried four
international SIM cards brought from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to
coordinate his alleged terror-related activities.
Abu Jundal has told interrogators
that LeT 'military commander' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is being guarded
in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan by LeT operatives. "Jundal
has told interrogators that after his marriage, he had gone to meet
Lakhvi in Adiala jail. It's a high-security prison where terror
suspects are lodged, but there were no jail guards for Lakhvi. He
was being guarded by his own LeT men," said a security official
who has been briefed on Jundal's interrogation. Besides his own
guards, he has also been provided all comforts and communication
facilities to stay in touch with his men.
July 4: IM has been banned in the
UK, Britain's Security Minister James Brokenshire told lawmakers.
He said the US and New Zealand had already taken steps to outlaw
the group, which is said to have its links with the Pakistan-based
Islamist rebel group LeT. Legislators voted unanimously to ban the
group in Britain, meaning it would be an offense under anti-terrorism
laws to be a member of the organisation.
There are reports in the media that
Abu Jundal has told investigators that 12, and not 10, LeT terrorists
had been trained for the 26/11 attacks. Now, the Indian Police is
trying to figure out who the other two terrorists who did not come
to Mumbai though there was plan to send them as well. Jundal told
the investigators that due to last minute plan change the two were
not sent to India by the LeT.
NIA told a Delhi court that it wants
custodial interrogation of Abu Jundal to "get more information"
about the conspiracy hatched by LeT for terror strikes across India.
July 3: Police neutralized a recruitment
module of LeT and arrested seven militants from Sopore town and
its adjoining areas in Baramulla District. One Pika Gun, 75 rounds
of Pika ammunition, two Chinese Pistols, two Pistol magazines, nine
Pistol ammunition rounds, one UBGL Thrower, six UBGL Shell, one
Detonator, one Rocket Launcher and four Hand grenades were recovered
from the arrestees. The module was tasked to target VIP rallies
and SFs. SP Sopore, Imtiaz Hussain said that local boys were recruited
into the outfit building a network of LeT operatives who were bent
upon executing various terrorist actions in and around Sopore in
criminal conspiracy with one Pakistani terrorist code named Fahadullah,
who is operating in Sopore, who in turn has been taking directions
from another terrorist code named Hanzullah-an LeT 'commander' based
in Pakistan. He said that Fahadullah is the only surviving LeT terrorist
of Pakistani origin in Sopore active as on date. "After being indoctrinated
with Jihadi ideology, the group members had formally joined LeT
organization and were provided the communication gadgets and weaponry",
he added. "The members of the module have been assigned with various
tasks of couriering the weapons and money, identifying the targets
vis-a-vis security installations and arranging communication devices.
Some of the members of the module were preparing to visit Pakistan
on legal documents to get further training in bomb making and other
terrorist activities, while others were preparing other terrorist
actions including grenade attacks on VIP rallies and attacks on
police and security forces", the SP added.
The jailed mastermind of 26/11 attack,
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is still active, commanding the main LeT
communication centre from within Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, with
one of his five jailed associates, Hanzullah, given the task of
reviving terror groups in J&K through Fahadullah, Pakistani LeT
'commander' in Sopore in Baramulla District of J&K. This came to
light after J&K Police neutralized, as reported earlier, a recruitment
module of LeT and arrested seven local recruits to the terror outfit.
"Local militants were recruited with the aim of building a network
of LeT operatives to be tasked with executing various terrorist
acts," said Sopore SP, Imtiyaz Hussain. "They were in criminal conspiracy
with one Pakistani terrorist, Fahadullah, who operates from Sopore.
Fahadullah was receiving directions from one Hanzullah, a LeT commander
based in Pakistani jail," he added.
July 2: LeT terrorist and 26/11
attacks handler Abu Jundal's passport has revealed his present and
permanent addresses in Pakistan as Muridke near Lahore.
Jundal told the Special Cell of
Delhi Police during interrogation that the LeT has brought in an
ace Chinese para-glider to northern Pakistan where he has been training
militants in paragliding for the past two years. The training is
being conducted somewhere in the Baltistan area of north Pakistan
bordering the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China. In addition,
he confessed that the training began in early 2010 and has been
ongoing for the past two years. The LeT had bought around 50 gliders
from China and more than a 100 militants have been trained in the
past two years.
The statements of LeT operative
David Coleman Headley and Abu Jundal, match in one key respect as
they have both named the same three Pakistani officials as being
involved in the planning and execution of the 26/11 attacks. Sources
in the Maharashtra ATS, said Jundal has named Major Iqbal, Major
Sameer Ali and Colonel Shah of the Pakistani Army. He is believed
to have told interrogators that Major Iqbal provided PKR/INR 25
lakh for the boat that was initially purchased for the 2008 attacks.
A senior LeT militant, identified
only as "major general saheb", and two ISI personnel were among
the 10 people present in the control room set up in Karachi to orchestrate
the on 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, revealed arrested LeT operative
and key plotter Abu Jundal, an unnamed officer said, reports Times
of India. Indian intelligence agencies are still to ascertain the
identity of the LeT militant. However, they are convinced that at
least two of the 10 people present in the control room, were from
the ISI, as per Jundal's revelations. "Till now, Jundal has informed
us of some persons present in the control room. He identified one
of them as 'major general saheb', whose original name is yet to
be ascertained. He seems to be a high-ranking LeT militant. This
apart, Jundal has identified Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Muzammil
alias Yusuf as those present".
June 29: Union Home Minister, P.
Chidambaram, stated that according to Abu Jundal's revelations,
a new 'chief' is heading LeT). During interrogation, Jundal revealed
that after LeT 'chief' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on December
2, 2008, by Pakistan for 26/11 attacks, another handler named Muzameel
took charge of the terror outfit.
July 1: According to Report, Abu
Jundal, the alleged handler 26/11 terrorists, has further revealed
that Mumbai attackers had undergone training in al Qaeda camps in
Afghanistan. Jundal is believed to have informed the interrogators
that the 26/11 terrorists were trained by hardcore al Qaeda militants
at a LeT camp near the Pakistan-Iran border.
Jundal claimed there was a 'great
degree of coordination now between LeT, al Qaeda and even the Taliban.’
The LeT felt that hardcore al Qaida terrorists could provide foolproof
training to the module used to attack Mumbai.
A senior investigating official
quoted, "Had all the 25 militants completed the training and
made it to Mumbai the carnage would have been much worse”. Jundal
claims that though he did visit LeT’s training facility at the Pakistan-Iran
border but he was not present during the time that the Mumbai module
was undergoing training there. Indian investigating agencies asked
Jundal to identify the exact location of this camp with help of
Google map but Jundal failed to do so.
Abu Jundal further told his interrogators,
that LeT militants are trained in 'internet activities' and the
outfit has a dedicated band of "trained and educated"
boys who look after the entire gamut of online activities like sending
emails, maintaining websites and using different servers in a way
to show the IP addresses in the US and other western countries.
"The new recruits, several
of them well educated, join these training programmes for several
days. Their day starts early in the morning with religious prayers,
listening to lectures, exercising, studying about weapons and how
to make IEDs and later they are asked to use them. If the trainers
find that a particular recruit is not concentrating, he is removed
from the training programme," a source said.
Jundal has also given information
about LeT’s training camps running all over Pakistan. Sources said
Jundal had given names of some trainers as well. Jundal has also
given some helpful inputs to agencies about the IISC attack in 2005
and Rampur attack in January 2008. The cops are also planning to
confront him with Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin, who are in jail for
the Rampur attack.
June 30: Sources said that they
found around 60 "interesting" numbers in Jundal's mobile
phone and Jundal has allegedly claimed that of these about 15 are
of ISI officers and LeT members in Pakistan. The other numbers are
of contacts in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In another disclosure, Jundal has
told officials that German Bakery blast accused Fayaz Kagzi, who
was Ansari's accomplice and who inducted him into the LeT, is living
in Abu Dhabi. "We have got details on Fayaz Kagzi, who is involved
in recruitment for LeT in the UAE," said a source.
The officials said Jundal had obtained
the SIM card for his mobile from Pakistan. "He was in regular
touch with these people from Saudi Arabia," said the source.
Jundal has also disclosed details of the Mumbai plan discussed by
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Muzammil, Sajid Mir and other LeT leaders
Abu Jundal said that his arms’ training
was started in Nepal in 2004 by LeT terrorist Mohammed Aslam alias
Aslam Kashmiri, a resident of Rajouri District in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jundal has revealed he had recruited
50 persons during his nearly two-year stay in Saudi Arabia and was
also instrumental in hawala (illegal money transaction) funding
through his contacts in Riyadh and Dubai to LeT’s sleeper cells
in Kerala and Maharashtra.
The 50 recruits were chosen from
Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Jundal has claimed to
have trained as many as 250 recruits overall for carrying out subversive
agenda in India. The 26/11 handler has also revealed that his terror
network in India is intact, particularly in Aurangabad District
of Maharashtra from where significant quantities of ammonium nitrate
were smuggled to Pakistan for making IEDs.
Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman, who was
appointed the judge of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court
no 1, began hearing 26/11. The trial of seven Pakistani suspects
charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks, was adjourned till
July 14 when the court will take up an application filed by LeT
‘commander’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. He has filed an application asking
the court not to make the report of a Pakistani judicial commission
part of the proceedings as it has "no legal value".
June 29: Union Home Minister, P.
Chidambaram, stated that according to Abu Jundal’s revelations,
a new ‘chief’ is heading LeT. During interrogation, Jundal revealed
that after LeT ‘chief’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on December
2, 2008, by Pakistan for 26/11 attacks, another handler named Muzameel
took charge of the terror outfit.
The intelligence agencies had intercepted
calls made by the 10 Pakistani terrorists belonging to LeT who had
attacked Mumbai on 26/11 to their handlers in Pakistan. In some
of those intercepts Jundal is allegedly heard directing the terrorists,
urging them to kill more hostages and to prolong the siege.
LeT militant Faiyaz Kagzi, an accused
in 26/11 blast case, had given bomb-making training to Pune German
Bakery blast (February 13, 20120) accused Mirza Himayat Baig in
Sri Lanka capital Colombo in 2008. Kagzi, who is also wanted in
the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, had also given Baig INR 2.5
lakh to get a new identity and set up a base of radicals in Maharashtra.
Asserting the role of Abu Jundal,
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram commented, "In fact many
missing pieces of the 26/11 conspiracy are now known to us through
interrogation of Abu Jundal. He was a key operative, he was assigned
the key responsibility to putting the 10 terrorists in intensive
training and the customs followed by Mumbaikars.”
He further said, "We think
such a control room could not have been established without some
kind of state support." About the presence of others in the
control room and whether founder chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
Hafiz Saeed was also there, Chidambaram said "Yes, others were
present and we think one of them was Hafiz Saeed."
Commenting on advisor to the Pakistan
Prime Minister on Interior Affairs’ A. Rehman Mallick’s recent statement
Jundal was an Indian, he said, "I agree with Rehman Malik that
Abu Jundal is an Indian perhaps he was radicalised in India. I admit
that. "Equally, Pakistan should admit that Abu Jundal did go
to Pakistan, that Abu Jundal was part of the group which trained
and prepared Kasab and nine others that Abu Jundal was in the control
room and one of the masterminds and handlers of the attack.”
Regarding LeT operative David Coleman
Headley, Chidambaram commented, "I think the further question
is whether we will get further access to Headley, whether he would
be extradited to India...These are matters to be discussed with
US authorities”, according to Manoramaonline.com.
Intelligence sources said that Abu
Jundal, in his interrogation disclosed that following the Mumbai
massacre the LeT shifted its headquarters from Muridke to Dolai
region in PoK to avoid suspicion. He also told interrogators that
once Zakiur Reham Lakhvi was arrested for involvement in the Mumbai
attack, Muzamil Bhatt was made the operational head of the LeT.
Chidambaram further said there may be another LeT operative by the
name of Abu Hamza and Syed Zaibuddin was only using the pseudonym
Abu Jundal has revealed that one
Major Abdurrehman and key 26/11 accused Sajid Mir alias Sajid
Wajid had visited India as cricket fans and conducted reconnaissance
of important sites in Delhi and Mumbai for about a fortnight. Sources
said both had traveled on Pakistani passports bearing fake names
and came to watch a match between India and Pakistan at Mohali in
2005. Regarding Hafiz Saeed, he said, Saeed is guarded round the
clock by Pakistan's security forces and its spy agency, the ISI.
June 28: Abu Jundal confessed that
he had met LeT's operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the
Pakistan jail. Jundal said that after 26/11, he fled to Pakistan
and was running a business of sale and purchase of cars in Rawalpindi.
After 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,
when pressure mounted on Pakistan to arrest LeT ‘operations chief’
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi from a camp near Muzaffarabad in PoK, LeT’s
Indian command Abu Jundal was bailed out by ISI.
During interrogation, Jundal revealed
that all LeT members had done some communication practice for VoIP
internet calls and understand the network areas of the targets.
The LeT bosses also checked the SIM cards and handsets before the
10 terrorists left for Mumbai and a last-minute drill was also conducted.
Special Cell sleuths are scanning Jundal's email IDs and conversations
and sources said they have recovered a huge cache of information
including "numbers, addresses of various module members and
With increasing suspicions that
state actors have supported LeT to conspire and launch 26/11, the
UHM is unlikely to oblige a Pakistani request to share information
about Syed Zabiuddin aka Abu Jundal’s arrest..
Jundal has revealed before the Special
Cell of Delhi Police that LeT is running several training camps
in Muzaffarabad in PoK. He said that LeT has made paragliding an
essential part of the training curriculum of its cadres. Based on
his submission, the security agencies are now trying to verify whether
Jundal also received paragliding training.
Jundal revealed that two days before
the 26/11 attack, LeT militants carried out a mock drill in Pakistan.
During the drill, he used the same phone number and the same satellite
phone set that he would use during 26/11.
Abu Jundal had nine Facebook accounts
and email ids that he allegedly used to hunt for new recruits in
Saudi Arabia and in India for LeT.
June 27: LeT founder and JuD ‘chief’
Hafiz Saeed has launched a drive in Punjab to collect donations
for militants active in Jammu and Kashmir. He visited Gujranwala
District and collected wheat from people at Al-Makka Centre. “I
am thankful to you for your generous help for the ‘mujahideen’ in
the shape of wheat crop. I expect you to donate maximum of the corn
crop in the coming season,” Saeed told people in Gujranwala.
Jundal had earlier revealed that
a waaris (heir or pointsman) of the "forces", a possible
reference to Pakistan Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)
had overseen the entire 26/11 operation. The agencies see this as
a reference to Sajid Mir, a key coordinator of ISI's Karachi project.
Mir, who has allegedly served in the Pakistani Army, was also mentioned
by American LeT operative David Coleman Headley as a key 26/11 handler.
The role of Pakistani state actors
is also being suspected from the location of LeT's control room
in Karachi as pointed out by Jundal. He has disclosed that the control
room was located at a point between Malir Cantonment, Quaidabad
and Jinnah international airport in Karachi. This area houses VIPs
and top officers of the Pakistan Army. Agencies feel that the control
room could not have been set up in this upmarket and highly-secured
locality without the connivance of Pakistan state actors like the
Army and ISI.
The interrogation of Abu Jundal,
the 26/11 handler, has turned out to be an expose of LeT links with
the IM, Jundal has confessed his links with IM.
Jundal is the highest ranking Indian
in LeT and was recruited in 2005. Jundal has told his interrogators
that he was recruited by LeT's ‘commander’ of Jammu and Kashmir
range Aslam Kashmiri. He said his friend Fayyaz Kagri was the one
who introduced him to Kashmiri.
Jundal confessed that the plan to
carry out 26/11 type terror strike was plotted in 2006, however,
when the security agencies track down arms, ammunitions and explosives
from Aurangabad in Maharashtra it was postponed and then he was
asked to come down to Pakistan by his LeT bosses.
Delhi Police revealed that LeT trained
Jundal to fly planes. Lashkar had planned to use him and two others
(Fayyaz Kagzi from Beed and Mohammad Rahil Sheikh from Thane) in
9/11-style kamikaze attacks on Indian highrise buildings and big
dams. They said Jundal’s interrogation revealed that LeT had revived
its ‘naval wing’ and added flight training to its ‘curriculum’.
Former Minister Shaikh Rashid (61),
known for his pro-LeT leanings, was detained at Houston airport
on arrival for his possible links with the LeT founder and JuD chief
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks. Rashid,
leader of the Awami Muslim League of Pakistan, was detained soon
after he arrived by an Emirates flight last evening and was freed
after five hours of interrogation. Sources said Rashid was detained
for his possible links with Saeed. It is understood that he was
scheduled to attend a fundraiser and meetings with his supporters
in the US. Rashid had served as the Federal Minister for Railways
from 2006 to 2008.
Abu Jundal was planning to attack
the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Headquarters in Nagpur as
well as the USA and Israeli embassies in New Delhi. Sources say
he has told the interrogators that Pakistani intelligence agency,
the ISI, destroyed the Karachi control room after LeT ‘commander’
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's arrest (December 7, 2008) following 26/11.
Jundal has been put on a suicide
watch. Accordingly, Delhi Police's special weapons and tactics (SWAT)
commandoes have been deployed to prevent Jundal from harming himself
in the custody. Over 100 commandoes have been deployed around him,
while senior special cell officials were also keeping a close watch
on him. Apart from revealing Pakistani agencies' roles in various
terror attacks in India, including 26/11, Jundal has also disclosed
LeT's plans to target various metros in the country.
June 26: Anti-India terror outfits
operating from Pakistan have been trying to lure youth from Kerala
under a slogan 'Organise without organisation'. There is a wide
network that recruits youth from Kerala for LeT.
Indian Government sources, confirmed
reports of more terror operatives’ detention in Saudi Arabia. The
revelation occurred after the arrest of LeT terrorist, Abu Jundal
was acknowledged by the Government.
Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna confirmed
that Jundal, a key player in 26/11 Mumbai terror operation, was
arrested with the help of Saudi authorities. He was arrested from
Delhi airport on June 21 after India gave crucial evidence against
Adil alias Ajmal, a Pakistani
national told Police that in 2009, Jundal reportedly trained 90
men at LeT Bhawalpur training camp in the Punjab Province of Pakistan,
many of them later joined the IM. He in his statement to the Police,
which is now part of the judicial records, said that he met Jundal
at the Bhawalpur camp along with another LeT leader, Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi, and JeM ‘commander’ Abdul Rauf, brother of Maulana Masood
Further investigation revealed that
Abu Jundal was the conduit between Pakistan's ISI and LeT and SIMI
and IM in India.
Assam DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury
said that LeT is planning attacks during the ongoing Rath Yatra
festival in Puri.
June 25: LeT has re-activated its
naval wing last year (2011) with terrorists trying their hand at
maritime techniques including sailing off the Karachi shore, the
interrogation of Abu Jundal has revealed.
LeT terrorist Abu Jindal (Jundal),
who is in Delhi Police's custody, has confessed his active role
in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, saying that JuD ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed
was present in the Karachi (Pakistan) control room when the 26/11
masterminds were controlling the events. According to officials,
Jindal was one of the five handlers present in the control room
in Karachi. He was directing terrorists carrying out 26/11 attacks
at every step. He also coached the 26/11 terrorists to pose as members
of fictitious terrorist organistaion- Deccan Mujahideen to misguide
According to IB sources, during
the interrogation, Abu Jindal has admitted to handling the attack
on Nariman House during 26/11. Jindal reportedly told the Police
that he was the one who trained the 10 terrorists. As per the details,
he was actually involved in guiding and directing the terrorists
at every step during 26/11 attack. Jindal has also admitted of travelling
along with Ajmal Kasab (the lone terrorist arrested) and other terrorists
on the same boat to the Indian border. Kasab's testimony, earlier
to Mumbai Police, names Jindal for seeing off the 10 attackers at
Pakistan shore. Abu Hamza, Abu Qaafa and Lakhvi were the others.
Jindal has 10 aliases and
was sent to Saudi Arabia by LeT to gather funds for another major
operation after 26/11.
According to sources, "Abu
Jundal knows the Bhatkal brothers - Riyaz and Iqbal, bosses of Indian
Mujahideen based in Karachi very well. He claims that the Bhatkal
brothers used to come to joint meetings of Lashkar and IM. For the
Jama Masjid attack, the Bhatkal brothers asked Jundal to provide
a man, an expert in firing”.
Further confirming the arrest, Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram said, “The person who goes by the pseudonym
of Abu Jundal has been apprehended and has been remanded to the
custody of law enforcement agencies”.
June 23: Troops destroyed a major
hideout of LeT militants in the Sanai forest area of Surankote tehsil
in Poonch District and recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition
and explosives. The recoveries included two AK-47 automatic rifles
with 60 rounds, 200 rounds of PIKA ammunition, a double sniper bore
rifle, six Chinese grenades, two AK-47 filled magazines, a UBGL
launcher and four grenades. Troops also recovered a pipe bomb, few
clothes, cells and detonator wire, which could have been used by
the militants for fabricating IEDs to cause large scale destruction,
official sources said.
June 22: Police arrested Parvez
Iqbal Tak, a forest contractor, who was missing for past more than
20 days after a Mitsubishi Outlander, registered on the name of
missing actor Reshma Patel alias Laila Khan, was recovered
from a shop in Kishtwar town which Tak had brought from Mumbai (Maharashtra).
Police suspect that the vehicle belonging to her was used in a blast
outside the Delhi High Court in September 2011 and that Tak was
the last person to use it. Deputy Inspector General Gareeb Dass
said, "The last person who used the vehicle was Tak, who has reported
links with LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] militants," said Dass, adding so
far, he did not have any evidence to say Laila had any direct connection
with a terror group.
Laila Khan along with her mother,
Saleena Patel, brother Imran, a sister and a cousin were missing
from Mumbai since first week of February 2012 and were untraced
since then. Their missing report has been registered at Oshiwara
Police Station of Mumbai in February.
June 21-22: Home Ministry issued
an alert on the possibility of a terror strike by LeT modules in
the coming weeks. The alert was issued to both the Mumbai Police
and the Odisha Government.
There were reports which mentioned
the possibility of terror strikes by terrorist groups, but the Home
Ministry stated that their alert was based on inputs received from
Assam Police with chances of LeT targeting the Puri Rath Yatra in
Odisha. The fact that the LeT has been recruiting Assamese youth
for terrorist activities since 2001 unravelled the gravity of the
situation. Security agencies are taking into consideration this
fact and heightened alert. The LeT is understood to be remarkably
expanding their base in the North East, especially the Bangladesh
border areas that have seen many insurgent activities.
The terror alert has been communicated
to all State Police officials and has also warned of a possible
strike by the LeT in Mumbai (Maharashtra) as well. With the real
plan for the strike yet to be known, the security officials are
on an overdrive to find out the possible target of the group.
June 17: India has for the first
time lodged a strong protest with Pakistan and given concrete evidence
proving that IM, which has been responsible for a series of bomb
blasts across the country, is a front of terror outfit LeT.
New Delhi has also categorically
told Islamabad that LeT was using the Pakistani soil to give training
and other logistical support to the IM. The issue was discussed
at length during the recently concluded home secretary-level talk
Pakistan's intelligence agency,
ISI, has for long been trying to project that IM was India's internal
problem of 'home grown terror' as most of its members were Indians.
The basic idea of ISI, intelligence sources said, behind floating
IM was to show that terrorism was India's own domestic issue and
that Pakistan has nothing to do with it. But Indian intelligence
and security agencies have now busted that myth giving a complete
list during the secretary-level talks to Pakistan of LeT's terror
camps in Pakistan where IM cadre, comprising mostly Indian recruits,
were being trained.
The details of this elaborate dossier
reveals that LeT was using at least five camps in PoK to train IM
terrorists in use of making IEDs and training of arms and ammunitions.
These important camps, which have been on the radar of Indian agencies,
are: Bait-ul- Mujahideen at Shawai Nalla; Al Massada, Ibn Taymiyya,
Abdullah Bin Masood, Masker Al Aqsa. All these training camps are
in Muzaffarabad in PoK. The dossier also states that most of these
men are 'launched across the border' mostly through the Maskai-e-Ummalkura
which is basically a tent camp used for transit close to the Indian
The details provided by the Indian
side go on to reveal that the top LeT commanders like Abu Muzammil
and Abu Sama, are actively involved in training the IM terrorist.
These two LeT operatives often cross over into India also to supervise
Lashkar operations in the Kashmir Valley, particularly in North
Kashmir. In addition, India also reiterated that the two founders
of IM, Riaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, continue to live in Karachi under
the ISI's protection.
"Information was also provided to
Pakistan as to how Indian youth from various parts of the country
are taken to Pakistan through Nepal and Bangladesh for training.
This is the first time that India has taken up the IM issue with
Pakistan so strongly," a senior home ministry official said. The
current chief of IM in India, Yasin Bhatkal, who is still on the
run, is also suspected to have been trained by the LeT at these
training centres in Muzaffarabad.
June 16: Trial of seven Pakistani
suspects, including LeTcommander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, charged with
involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks was adjourned for a second consecutive
week as no judge has been appointed to hear the case.
June 14: Srinagar Police neutralized
a LeT module that was operating in Srinagar and arrested its five
Minister for External Affairs S.M.
Krishna, referring to the Pakistan-India peace process, said JuD
Chief and founder of LeT Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was still using the
country for a 'hate India' campaign, adding that to normalise relations,
Pakistan has to help "checkmate" terrorists groups.
Krishna said that the leadership
of Pakistan had assured India that the former's territory was not
going to be used for 'anti-India' activities, but it was apparent
from watching Pakistani television that JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed was
June 13: Army arrested a LeT militant
along with his Pakistani wife and three children as soon as they
entered into Indian side from the LoC in forward village Deri Dabsi
of Mendhar sector in Poonch District.
India has requested the US to provide
it access to 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks accused LeT operatives
David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana.
India has asked the US to provide statements of
13 people associated with LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley and
his accomplice in November 26, 2008 (26/11 Mumbai terror attack
case Tahawwur Hussain Rana as they could be potential witnesses,
during the Indo-US strategic dialogue.
While reminding about the Letters
Rogatory sent by India, New Delhi asked Washington to provide statements
of 13 people, including Headley's wife Shazia, a few of his friends,
close associates of Rana and US government officials known to the
LeT terrorist. Sources said, "These 13 people are potential witnesses
in the NIA case filed against Headley and Rana".
Further, an official said, "Since
extradition of both these accused seemed almost impossible, India
has asked the US to explore an option of video-conferencing to depose
them for trial".
The US in return told India that
they would consider New Delhi's request but conveyed that one or
two people are currently based in Canada.
June 12: Police arrested two suspects,
Mansoor Ahmad Bhat and Moinul Haq Lone, for providing SIM cards
to the LeT militants in Sopore area of Baramulla District.
Terror group LeT has built their
own VOIP network that allows secure communication over the Internet,
free of monitoring from authorities.
June 11: DGP K Rajendra said that
all those strikes that were carried out in Srinagar in recent months
have been carried out by militants who came from outside Srinagar
for the purpose and fled soon after. He said that LeT is making
desperate attempts to recruit youth in Sopore but they are finding
it very difficult.
The Special MCOCA court, postponed
the recording of the statements of the accused in the July 11, 2006
Mumbai serial train blasts after the defence moved an application
seeking to record the testimonies of two witnesses. Maharashtra
ATS probing the case had arrested 13 accused claiming they were
members of the banned organisation SIMI and LeT.
June 10: A Chicago court has dismissed
a retrial plea by Pakistan born Canadian Tahawwur Rana, convicted
of providing material support to terrorist LeT, blamed for 26/11
Mumbai terror attack. While a jury acquitted Rana of involvement
in the 26/11 attack, it found him guilty of helping LeT for an aborted
plot to bomb a Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons of Prophet
Muhammad in 2005. Rana's trial featured testimony from the government's
star witness, his friend, David Coleman Headley, who has confessed
to his role in the Mumbai attack and the Denmark plot.
June 8: Thadiyantavide Nazeer, the
suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, pleaded guilty in two
vehicle theft cases that he had mastermind in 2008. Nazeer, who
is in Crime Branch custody told that he along with two other convicts
Halim and Sagar had stolen a Tata Sumo car from a house at Perumbavoor
and had attempted to steal a Maruti Omni van from a house at Binanipuram
(Ernakulam District). "Just after the failed attempt, the trio stole
a Sumo car on May 13, 2008. The money collected by selling the car
was believed to be used for bomb-making," said Biju K. Stephen,
the Crime Branch investigation officer. The Crime Branch team also
took Nazeer to the house at Paravoor on June 7, 2012 morning, where
he used to make bombs for the LeT operations.
India will seek access to LeT terrorist
David Headley's wife Shazia and his accomplice in Mumbai terror
attack (26/11), Tahawuur Hussain Rana, during the third Indo-US
strategic dialogue to be held in Washington next week.
Highly placed official sources in
New Delhi said the request will be made by India at the sub-dialogue
on the margins of the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue which will be co-chaired
by External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, next Wednesday (June 13, 2012).
Indian investigators into the 26/11
case believe that both Rana and Shazia have lot of information and
through their interrogations more light may come into the conspiracy
hatched to carry out the worst terrorist strike in India and role
of those behind it.
June 6: The Anti-terrorism court
judge Shahid Rafique conducting the trial of LeT 'commander' Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi and six other Pakistani suspects charged with involvement
in the 26/11 attacks, was changed. No reason was given for the judge's
transfer. Judge Rafique began hearing the Mumbai attacks case in
2011 after the then judge of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism
court was changed. This is for the fifth time, since the proceedings
began in early 2009, that the judge conduting trial has been changed.
The proceedings have dragged on behind closed doors at Adiala Jail
without much progress.
June 5: JeM had asked panchayat
members in the area to resign triggering mass resignations of panchs
and sarpanchs in south Kashmir, where Kulgam is located.
Reports said the JeM's purported threat along with a similar warning
from the LeT earlier is the reason why around 20 panchs and
sarpanchs have quit. A number have been shot at, mostly in
According to US CRS report, "There
is ongoing conviction among US officials that sanctuaries in Pakistan
have allowed Afghan militants to sustain their insurgency and that
elements of the ISI continue to support them". The CRS said ISI
is also regularly linked to anti-India terrorist groups, including
the LeT), responsible for the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.
June 4: The crime branch team probing
the Kizhakkambal (Ernakulam District in Kerala) robbery case, involving
suspected LeT militants, took suspected LeT militant, Thadiyantavide
Nazeer into custody on June 4, 2012, reports deccanchronicle.com.
Nazeer is said to be the mastermind behind the case. The crime branch
had recorded the arrest of Nazeer on May 31, 2012 on charges of
planning the Kizhakkambalam robbery and leading the nine-member
gang that attacked jewellery shop owner, Mathew John.
May 30: A spokesman of little known
militant group, Islamic Front (IF), owned responsibility for the
May 30 attack and claimed that five Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) personnel were injured in the attack. Security agencies suspected
that the IF might be a shadow outfit of LeT. IGP, Kashmir S M Sahai,
said that this could be a handiwork of militant group that has come
from outside Srinagar. However, sources said that their (militant)
presence inside Srinagar can't be ruled out. They said that LeT
is operating in small modules that are faceless. "The module that
has carried out the attack can be from inside Sriangar city but
there is no such module that has come under the security forces
radar", they added. As reported earlier, seven CRPF personnel were
injured, one of them critically, as two motorcycle-borne militants
opened indiscriminate firing on them at Victory Crossing near Khanyar
area of Srinagar on May 30.
May 28: The Pakistani officials
also told Indian Home Secretary R. K. Singh that the evidence against
LeT 'commander' Lakhvi, largely related to his role in organizing
money and logistics, including the boat and inflatable dingy for
the gang that ravaged Mumbai was strong enough to secure his conviction
Two suspected LeT militants, identified
as K.P. Shabeer and Ismail alias Bomb Ismail were arrested
by Kerala crime branch team, in connection with the attack on a
jewellery owner and his two sons, and looting of 2.25 kilogram of
gold at Kizhakkambalam in Ernakulam District on June 20, 2002.
May 24-25: Pakistani officials admitted
during Home Secretary-level talks (May 24-25) that investigation
conducted by their FIA had established Lakhvi's direct involvement
in the 26/11 terror attacks.
Significantly, the talks also saw
both sides agreeing to initiate negotiations for a Mutual Legal
Assistance Treaty (MLAT) which is meant to facilitate cooperation
in investigation of crimes, prosecution and collecting evidence.
During the two-day Home Secretary
Level talks in Islamabad (Pakistan), Indian delegation told Pakistani
side that it has given them enough evidence against LeT founder,
Hafiz Saeed which was added to the proof collected against Saeed
by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency.
The Indian agencies for the first
time have given Pakistan technical evidence against LeT founder
Hafiz Saeed. This evidence shared at the recent Islamabad meeting
of the two Home Secretaries, top intelligence sources said, was
in the form of phone intercepts where Saeed is heard talking to
top LeT 'commanders' like Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Abu Al Qama.
Both Lakhvi and Qama are in a Rawalpindi jail for their involvement
26/11 Mumbai attacks.
May 26: While addressing a news
conference in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh on May 26,
the LeT founder and Chief of JuD Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said that
Pakistan is a sovereign state and the DPC will not allow the country
to become an 'Indian market'.
May 25: Pakistan "agreed in principle"
to host a judicial commission from India to look at the investigation
into the 26/11 attacks. India has also blamed Pakistani militants
from the LeT for training, equipping and financing the attack with
support from "elements" in the Pakistani military.
Seven Pakistani nationals, including
LeT 'operations commander' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, have been indicted
for planning, financing and facilitating the 26/11 attack. However,
their trial by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
has stalled for over a year due to various technical reasons.
Indian Home Secretary, Raj Kumar
Singh even offered USD 10 million for handing LeT founder Hafiz
Saeed to India.
Protest rally was staged in Lahore
District of Punjab province where the founder of LeJ and JuD addressed
a crowd. Protest leaders also expressed their grave concern on missing
NATO containers in Pakistan. They suspected that these containers
of arms were now in the possession of criminals and are being used
in Karachi and Balochistan by anti-social elements.
May 24: SFs neutralized a LeT module
in Budgam District by arresting two militants, Irshad Ahmad Dar
and Fayaz Ahmad Paul alias Fayaz Traila.
Principal Sessions Judge (Jammu)
Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal acquitted two OGWs of LeT, Mohd Amin and
Shakar Hussain, both residents of village Dhanwan in Rajouri District.
Countering Pakistan's stand that
there is no "concrete" evidence against LeT founder and JuD chief
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, India insisted that it had provided additional
evidence against him and his associates that should be presented
in Pakistani court to prosecute the suspects in 26/11 case.
May 22: BSF Chief, U.K. Bansal said,
"The recalcitrance of the Pakistan establishment to rein in Taliban
and Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT] leaders such as Mullah Omar and Hafiz
Saeed should be read as straw in the wind in checking the nature
of activity which we anticipate on the borders. The BSF is cognisant
of these future challenges and is preparing itself in terms of doctrine,
infrastructure, weaponry and training".
May 19-20: Police arrested four
LeT militants along with a large quantity of arms, ammunition and
explosives besides Pakistan and India SIM cards and thwart their
plot to step-up militant activities in the Poonch District.
May 19: Andhra Pradesh intelligence
agencies have intensified search for Shaikh Najeehullah alias Najeeh,
an alleged LeT operative from Hyderabad, suspecting that he might
have entered Andhra Pradesh with some sinister designs.
May 17: Indian intelligence agencies
want the US to declare Chhota Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim aide a "specially
designated global terrorist" like his mentor. It is for this reason
that Indian intelligence agencies clearly stated in the comprehensive
dossier on Shakeel handed over to the US that "Chhota Shakeel is
now the main person in Dawood Ibrahim's gang coordinating with terrorist
organisations, including Lashkar-e-Tayyaba [Lashkar-e-Taiba] (LeT)
and the Taliban, which in turn have links with Al Qaeda".
The dossier states: "There is enough
evidence to prove Chhota Shakeel is virtually controlling the entire
narco-terror operations of Dawood Ibrahim and providing financial
and logistical support to operatives of both Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and
the Taliban... There is a strong case for declaring Chhota Shakeel
a global terrorist in view of his increasing support to terror outfits
that operate globally." Interestingly, India had provided incriminating
evidence to the US on Dawood Ibrahim as well, after which it declared
him a "specially designated global terrorist" in 2003.
Pakistan and India beefed up security
at Wagah border after receiving a letter from the LeT threatening
to blow up the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari in opposition
to doing Indo-Pak trade before resolving the Kashmir dispute.
India will take up the issue of
LeT founder and Chief of JuD Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai
2008 (also known as 26/11) attacks with Pakistan during the upcoming
May 25, 2012 secretary level talks between the two countries, said
Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.
May 16: JuD chief Hafiz Saeed sent
legal notices to two journalists for publishing news about his alleged
meeting with US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter.
May 15: IGP SM Sahai on said all
the 20 people on the LeT hit list will be protected.
May 10: Syed Abdul Rehman alias Abdur Rehman
alias a LeT militant arrested in Adugodi of Bengaluru has
also been remanded in Police custody till May 22.
May 8: Central Intelligence agencies
have warned the Mumbai Police that five suspected LeT militants
have sneaked into the city and are plotting to attack several vital
installations, including petroleum establishments, possibly through
the sea route.
May 7: Syed Abdul Rehman alias
Abdur Rehman alias Abdul Rehman, LeT militant was arrested
in Adugodi of Bengaluru.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
during a town-hall meeting at Kolkata on May 7 said that Pakistan
had not taken enough action against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the LeT
chief blamed for masterminding the November 26, 2008, (also known
as 26/11) attack on Mumbai.
May 6: Five LeT terrorists, who
are believed to be camping in Gujarat and may target oil refineries,
are suspected to have entered the State much before the Central
Intelligence Bureau alerted the local Police.
May 5: SFs shot dead two LeT militants
in Nilah village of Baramulla District.
May 4: A Central Intelligence Bureau
alert has warned of a possible LeT orchestrated terror strike in
four states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Haryana.
Oil refineries in Bhatinda and Indian
Oil Refinery in Jalandhar (Punjab) have been put on high alert following
a terror threat from al Qaeda and LeT after an IB alert in Punjab.
April 29: According to intelligence
agencies, the preliminary plans of most of the LeT terror attacks
carried out in Indian cities in 2008 were prepared at the SIMI camp
held at Panayikkulam near Kochi (Kerala) on August 15, 2006. SIMI
had also held a training camp at Vagamon hill resorts in Idukki
District in December 2007 in preparation for terror strikes.
Blaming Pakistani media for "misreporting"
the issue, the American Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter,
said that the US Government did not announce any bounty for JuD
chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
April 28: Increasing Talibanisation
of Pakistan and shifting of terror focus from Af-Pak region would
pose a serious security threat to India in the next two years, Chief
of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne said. The Air Chief
said the game-plan of Taliban forces and terror elements in Af-Pak
region was to target Kashmir after "liberating" Kabul from allied
forces. "It is Kabul now we are dealing with. The moment we resolve
that, we will take over the next phase to liberate Kashmir from
Jammu & Kashmir state," Browne quoted JuD chief Hafeez Mohammad
Saeed as saying.
April 25: MoS Jitendra Singh said
the NIA has filed a chargesheet against LeT operative David Coleman
Headley along with nine others, including two officers of Pakistan,
in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai attack case.
April 24: In a major breakthrough
in the Kashmir terror recruitment case involving LeT 'southern commandant',
Thadiyantavide Nazeer, the Police arrested two militants who "extorted
money" from people to fight the case of the culprits. The two, identified
as Shahraz (27) and Muneer (25), were arrested in Puthiyatheru of
Kannur District. According to circle inspector P. Sukumaran, they
forcibly collected around INR 1.5 million from various places, adds
April 21: A Delhi court acquitted
a suspected LeT militant, identified as Mukhtar Ahmed Khan, arrested
for allegedly planning to execute bomb blasts. He was arrested by
the Special Cell of Delhi Police in June12, 2007 from Azadpur Sabzi
Mandi in north Delhi with 1.5 kilograms of RDX, a timer and two
April 20: Militants shot dead an
ASI of Jammu and Kashmir Police in the old city area of Srinagar.
The ASI was on duty in Daresh Kadal area of the city when he was
fired upon by pistol borne militants. Islamic Front, a lesser known
militant organization, has claimed responsibility for the attack
and has threatened more attacks on Police. Police, however, suspected
LeT hand behind the killing.
India requested the US to extradite
Tahawwur Rana and grant it access for a second time to Pakistani-American
LeT operative David Coleman Headley, both of them jailed in America
on terror charges. Both of them are accused of helping the LeT plot
the 2008 Mumbai attacks. NIA has charge sheeted Headley and Rana.
But sources said there was little hope of getting Headley, a double
agent jailed after plea bargaining, extradited.
April 18: LeT founder and JuD Chief
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) asking it
to stop Pakistani authorities from taking any "adverse action" against
him under pressure from the US and provide security to him as his
life was "not safe" and any "mishap" could happen.
April 17: India has asked Morocco
to extradite Faiza Outalha, the estranged wife of LeT operative,
David Coleman Headley, the mastermind of November 26, 2008 Mumbai
terror attack (also known as 26/11), as she is believed to have
information and answers to key questions related to the incident.
Addressing the Defence of Islam
conference in Mirpur District of PoK, JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed
said that there would be no peace in South Asia without resolution
of the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
April 16: Posters, purportedly put
up by the LeT, asked panchs (member of village level local
self Government Institution, Panchayat) and sarpanchs (head of Panchayat)
in villages of Pulwama District to resign from their post within
a week's time.
April 15: Delhi Police told a court
in New Delhi that a consignment of over INR 11.8 million FICN, seized
by it in the month of January, had been sent from Pakistan at the
behest of its intelligence agency and banned terror outfit LeT to
destabilise the Indian economy. The Police made this claim in its
charge sheet, filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
Vinod Yadav and indicting five Indians, arrested along with the
FICN consignment on January 12.
India has sent a formal request
to Morocco for examination and recording of statement of Faiza Outalha,
estranged wife of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, to
get more evidence against him as well as LeT founder Hafiz Saeed.
The sources said Outalha could give crucial evidence in nailing
the lies of Saeed, who has been attempting to throw a veil over
his terror activities under the garb of being associated with humanitarian
activities of JuD.
April 14: SFs neutralized a LeT
hideout in Saad forest area of Gool in Ramban District of Jammu
April 13: A United States national
of Pakistani origin, Jubair Ahmad (24), was sentenced on April 13
to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for providing
material support to the LeT. Jubair Ahmad, who lived in Woodbridge,
Virginia, received the sentence after being found guilty of promoting
and urging recruitment for the LeT, designated by Washington as
foreign terrorist organisation, the Justice Department said.
April 9: India, responding to Prime
Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's statement on Hafiz Saeed, said that
'solid evidence' on the JuD chief and alleged 26/11 Mumbai terror
attack mastermind has already been given to Pakistan.
April 8: Pakistan Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani acknowledged that the case of JuD chief Hafiz
Saeed was an "issue" between Pakistan and India but said Islamabad
needs "substantial" evidence against him to try him in a court of
April 6: Army said that killing
of five LeT militants in North Kashmir's Zachaldara forests of Rajwar
area is a major success for the SFs and apprehended that militants
may try to infiltrate in the coming months to fill the void created
in their ranks due to successful operations.
Pakistan FO on rejected Indian External
Affairs Minister SM Krishna's remarks that India has provided adequate
proof linking JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to the Mumbai attacks.
April 5: Five LeT militants were
killed in an encounter with the SFs in the Kramhoora forest area
of Handwara in Kupwara District.
PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said that
the case of JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is an "internal issue"
and any evidence against him should be provided to Pakistan so that
the courts can take action.
Abdul Rehman Makki, the brother-in-law
of LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is a conduit between LeT and Taliban.
Government sources say that one of the main reasons for the US announcing
a reward of USD two million for Makki is said to be his proximity
to Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar and al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri.
April 4: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh said those unleashing terrorism against India should be punished.
He was referring to the United State announcement of a USD10 million
bounty for 26/11 (November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks) mastermind
LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
April 3: US has hard evidence that
Pakistan-based JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was communicating with slain
al Qaeda Osama bin Laden through a courier which subsequently led
USA to put a USD 10-million bounty on Saeed's head. All this was
unearthed by US Special Forces in May 2011 when they killed Osama
Bin Laden in his hideout in Abbottabad, and took back bagfuls of
his documents and computer equipment.
JuD officially condemned the US
bounty Saeed, terming it "another attack by the US Government on
Muslims and Islam".
The leaders of different religious
parties in Pakistan said the JuD chief is a hero of Pakistan and
allegations against him were in fact allegations against the Muslim
Ummah and the country.
UHM P. Chidambaram said that Pakistan
has enough evidence to detain 26/11 mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz
April 2: State Government is assessing
the impact, of the US announcement of a USD10 million bounty on
LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, on the situation in the State.
The decision has come at a time
when LeT has changed its strategy and shifted control and command
structure to Rawalpindi and the PoK, in a bid to directly control
and guide the militants operating in J&K.
April 1: Police arrested a computer
engineer with links to the LeT for allegedly "planning and executing"
the car bomb explosion near Bijbehara town in Anantnag District
on March 22 that left his accomplice, Mohammad Abbas Dar, dead and
20 others injured. He said the module was working under the command
of Lateef Kachru, a 'commander' in the Awantipora area.
March 30: Charges against one of
the accused of Red Fort attack (December 22, 2000), LeT militant
Athruddin alias Athar Ali, was dropped due to lack of evidence.
Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Jain discharged Athruddin, holding
that there was no evidence to connect him with the offence. The
Special Cell of Delhi Police had alleged that Athruddin was a LeT
militant and had been in touch with the Red Fort attack prime accused
Mohammad Arif, who has been sentenced to death in the case.
March 28: Five LeT militants, including
a 'district commander', were killed in two separate encounters with
the SFs, one in Panjwani forests and second in a nearby Laribal
village, in the Handwara area of Kupwara District.
SP, Handwara Choudery Aslam said
that two militants were hiding in the house of widow of one Mohammad
Yusuf Geelani in Laribal village. He said that the SFs were fired
upon from inside the house during searches resulting in the encounter
during which two militants were killed. The SP said that another
three militants were killed in Panjwani forests during the encounter.
He said that they were two groups of militants and all of them belong
to the LeT.
March 26: Police is on the lookout
of two suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who, they fear,
could be planning a terror strike in Delhi. Tahir Zameel, 40, and
Abrar-ul-Haq, believed to be in his late 20s, reportedly sneaked
into Delhi in June 2011 and are allegedly part of a LeT sleeper
module. Delhi Police have announced an INR 25,000 reward for information
leading to arrest.
March 23: in an encounter between
SFs and LeT militants, one militant was killed in Pattan area of
Baramulla District. The slain militant was, identified as,
Nissar Ahmad Magray alias Shakti.
DGP Kuldeep Khoda while conceding
that Pakistan-based terror outfits, like LeT and HM were still operating
in Jammu and Kashmir, said that there has been a drop of 50 percent
in terrorist violence in first three months of 2012.
In view of proposed restoration
of NATO supply routes, the DPC staged a rally in Peshawar, the provincial
capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while a grand Jirga (tribal council)
in North Waziristan Agency also warned against the route's reopening.
Activists of ASWJ, JUI-S and JuD gathered at the Ashraf Road after
Friday prayer and chanted anti-US slogans.
March 22: DGP Kuldeep Khoda as saying
that there are no inputs regarding revival of women cadre of LeT
in the State. "We do not have such inputs regarding revamping
of women cadre in LeT in the State as LeT has almost been wiped
out of Jammu and Kashmir," Khoda said.
March 21: Government said that there
have been some unconfirmed reports that the LeT is reviving its
women's cadre and planning to use it in Jammu and Kashmir.
March 19: A city court in Delhi
further extended the remand of the three LeT militants accused of
planning a terror strike on Delhi till March 28.
March 17: Seven militants groups
have issued fresh life threatening warning to the valley based journalists
and local newspaper owners for what they called “interest-based
biased reporting" and ignoring sufferings of people of Kashmir.
According to local news agency KNS, the members of Tehreek-e-Shariat
Islami, Save Kashmir Movement, Al Nasreen, Al-Arfeen, Al-mansoorian
Jehad-ul-Islam, Askari and Al-Jabar held meeting under the ‘chairmanship’
of Abdullah Ghaznavi of LeT.
March 16: Abu Bilal, one of the
two Pakistani bombers who had planted IED outside the Delhi High
Court last September, is suspected to be none other than the LeT
operative Ghulam Sarwar, whose name had first figured in an attack
on an Army Major General last year. According to an official, the
NIA has strong clues and some tentative evidence to show that Bilal
is none other than the LeT terrorist Sarwar.
March 14: A Pakistani judicial commission
reached India to collect evidence and question officials as part
of efforts to prosecute LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six
other suspects charged with involvement in the November 26, 2008
Mumbai attacks (also known as 26/11),
March 13: A special NIA court, directed
the agency to produce before it on May 31, 2012 Pakistani-American
LeT operative terrorist David Coleman Headley, his accomplice Tahawwur
Rana, (LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and 26/11 Mumbai (Maharashtra) attack
mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi for allegedly carrying out several
terror strikes in India.
March 12: investigations into the
recent smashing of a LeT module by intelligence agencies has revealed
that there is a growing concern among the top hierarchy of terror
outfits about the sudden drop in militant activities in India, particularly
in the Kashmir Valley and other major cities. This frustration was
now creeping into the LeT ranks and they are now more determined
than ever to carry out a ‘big strike’.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik
said that banned organisations would be delisted if they “closed
down their militant wings.” Pakistan has faced heavy criticism for
not doing more to clampdown on the groups, many of which are allowed
to operate freely under new names, such as JuD, a UN-blacklisted
charity considered a front for the LeT.
March 7: Three years after the arrest
of Mohammad Umar Madani, the right-hand man of LeT Chief Hafiz Saeed,
disclosed that the LeT are hand-in-glove with the CPI-Maoist. Umar
Madani, a dreaded alleged LeT operative and an aide of the outfit’s
founder Saeed, revealed in his disclosure statement that a close
camaraderie exists between LeT and the Naxals.
Al Qaeda's main operational commander
and the chief of the HuJI, Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri, who was reportedly
killed on June 3, 2011 in a US drone attack in South Waziristan
Agency of FATA, was spotted in North Waziristan Agency recently,
referring to reliable sources. The HuJI leader reportedly visited
North Waziristan this week and held sittings with TTP leader Hakimullah
Mehsud. Sources said that during the visit, Kashmiri spent a night
with Mehsud, as his guest. During Kashmiri's visit to the TTP comrade
in Waziristan, a renowned journalist from Islamabad was also reportedly
present there. During the sittings with Mehsud, Kashmiri allegedly
reviewed the future strategy in connection with jihad, his
movement and the present situation in Afghanistan. However, sources
said that security officials of the US and Pakistan failed to confirm
the death of the HuJI commander and media reports were published
in July 2011 that he was still active in the border areas of Pakistan
and Afghanistan. However, it is said that the photograph believed
to be of Kashmiri's corpse, was actually that of a militant belonging
to the LeT.
March 4: the interrogation
of LeT militant Ehtesham Malik has revealed that he was assembling
a 'capsule bomb' to carry out attacks at Chandni Chowk in Delhi.
A police officer said they are yet to come across capsule bombs
in previous blasts. Capsule bombs can inflict casualties. The probe
also threw up evidence of links between Pakistan-based JuD and LeT
March 2: MEA and the MoD denied
USPACOM chief Admiral Willard’s statement that crack US military
troops were based in India besides Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
and the Maldives to counter threats from organizations such as the
March 1: According to media reports
a LeT militant was arrested and taken into transit remand by the
Delhi Police Special Cell at Hazaribagh. The arrestee, Tawseef Ahmad
Peer (22) alias Mama.
There is an apparent change in the
way LeT is functioning recently. LeT, a guerrilla outfit has been
trying to engage local boys, holding passports, after its foreign
cadres started coming under pressure from the security forces. The
outfit has successfully nurtured indigenous jihadis and is
sending solitary bombers on terror missions after training in Pakistan.
Delhi Police will question APHC-G
Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani over alleged links with LeT. Reports
say Geelani had given a reference letter to the LeT militant, Athesham
Malik to obtain a Pakistani visa.
Admiral Robert Willard, the USPACOM
Commander said on March that the US and India are working together
on contain LeT. "We have currently special forces assist teams
- Pacific assist teams is the term - laid down in Nepal, Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka, Maldives, as well as India," Willard told lawmakers
at a Congressional hearing in response to a question on co-operation
with India on counter-terrorism issues.
February 28: Delhi Police arrested
two LeT militants, both Indian residents, from Tughlaqabad Extension
in south Delhi and seized huge quantities of explosives from them.
February 27: One LeT militant was
arrested by Jharkhand Police in Hazaribagh and it was based on information
given by him that two LeT militants were arrested in Delhi on February
February 26: SFs killed two LeT
militants, identified as Shahnawaz Khandey alias Bilal Ahmed and
Mohammad Rafi, in an operation at Bonjwar in Kishtwar District.
Inspector General of Police (Jammu)
Dilbagh Singh said the LeT, which had been finished in Kishtwar,
was being revived by the slain militants but with their killing
the outfit has once again been wiped out in the District. However,
seven militants of other outfits are still active in the District.
February 23: Interrogation of arrested
IM militant Mohammed Qafeel Ahmed has confirmed that the vast network
of banned outfit SIMI is now being used by IM. Qafeel disclosed
that IM has no dearth of funds as the terror outfit continues to
get substantial amounts of money through the hawala route from Pakistan.
He further revealed that Yasin Bhatkal is extremely secretive about
his functioning and that he has the capacity to carry out Delhi
13/2 type terror strikes. In fact, Qafeel even told investigators
that the possibility of Bhatkal's involvement in the attack on the
Israeli diplomat in New Delhi is even higher as he is closely associated
with both the LeT and the HUJI. Qafeel was arrested on February
21 in Darbhanga, Bihar and is under the custody of Delhi Police.
February 20: Police arrested a
LeT militant, identified as Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh from Gund-i-Nowrooz
village of Anantnag District. Police recovered one pistol, one pistol
magazine and seven pistol rounds from the militant.
India is likely to seek the extradition
of Pakistani-American militant David Coleman Headley and his Canadian
accomplice Tahawwur Hussain.
Speakers at a DPC rally in Islamabad
condemned US drone attacks, military operations in tribal areas,
tabling of a resolution on Balochistan in the US House of Representatives
and the ban on some religious parties, reports Dawn. The speakers
warned the Government against restoring NATO supply routes and granting
the MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status to India till resolution of
the Kashmir dispute. The DPC rally was organised by JeI and security
arrangements were made by HM. Most of the participants belonged
to JuD, ASWJ, Ansarul Ulema, formerly HuM.
February 21: SFs killed a top LeT
'commander', identified as Ukasha Badar (a Pakistani national),
in an encounter in which an Army personnel, identified as Karam
Veer was also injured in Momin Abad locality of Sopore town in Baramulla
India is likely to seek the extradition
of Pakistani-American militant David Coleman Headley and his Canadian
accomplice Tahawwur Hussain.
February 19: An architect regularly
employed by the ISI Agency worked on the compound in which Osama
bin Laden was sheltered for years in Abbottabad and also communicated
regularly with LeT from his hideout.
February 18: Special court in Delhi
told the NIA to initiate the process to produce Pakistani-American
terrorist David Coleman Headley, his Canadian accomplice Tahawwur
Hussain Rana, LeT founder Hafiz Muhammed Saeed and LeT head of operations
Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi before it on March 13.
February 17: A Pakistani judicial
commission will visit India on March 12 as part of the probe into
the 2008 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan's Interior Minister
Rehman Malik made these remarks during a meeting in Islamabad with
Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Shahid Malik.
Spokesperson for JuD Yahya Mujahid
said that the founder of LeJ Malik Ishaq was present on the stage
of the DPC rally in Multan District. Mujahid contradicted ex-spymaster
Hamid Gul's statement in a TV interview in which he had denied Ishaq's
presence, going as far as calling a photo in "doctored" and then
questioning the credibility of the paper's reporter. Mujahid said
Hamid Gul was wrong, and added that it was the DPC's unanimous decision
that Ishaq will not address the rally.
JuD called statements of the US
State Department, which called on Pakistan to put curbs on the group
in compliance with international sanctions, as disrespecting the
Supreme Court of Pakistan. A spokesperson for the JuD claimed that
the group has never been banned in Pakistan and had won legal independence
by the Supreme Court of Pakistan because they were working for the
welfare of Pakistan. JuD defended their chief Hafiz Saeed, insisting
that he was a respectable and independent citizen of Pakistan.
The capital administration banned
the entry of three religious leaders in Islamabad for next four
days to avoid their presence in a sit-in by Difa-e- Pakistan (Defence
of Pakistan) Council at Aabpara in Islamabad on February 18. The
leaders are President of ASWJ Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi,
Secretary General Maulana Khalid Dhillon and Chief of JuD Hafiz
February 16: Intelligence agencies
are concentrating on two particular incoming phone calls that were
made to a cell phone in New Delhi using a satellite phone from the
Cox Bazaar area in Bangladesh. While one of the calls was made on
the day of the incident (February 13), the second call was made
earlier on February 5. Sources said, that the satellite number,
from which the two calls originated belongs to a HuJI operative
who has been on the radar of the intelligence agencies for some
time now. The suspect plays the role of a coordinator between various
terror outfits like HuJI, LeT and the IM. Investigating agencies,
thus, are not ruling out the possibility of an IM hand in the terror
US State Department strongly urged
Pakistan to prevent JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed from moving freely in
the country, freeze the assets of the groups associated with him
and stop allowing LeT from acquiring weapons.
February 14: A SPO, Mohammad Rafiq
alias Rafi, who was arrested last month, has reportedly passed
on sensitive and strategic information about Army to Pakistani troops,
ISI and LeT commanders. Interrogation of Rafi by Police and Intelligence
agencies in Poonch and Jammu has revealed that the SPO was won over
by Pakistan Army and ISI during his detention in Pakistani jails
for over one and a half years after he had illegally crossed over
to PoK in 2000 for arms training.
February 12: Sources privy to investigations
revealed that the planners of 26/11 Mumbai attacks watched the terror
unfold live at a rented house in the North Nazimabad neighbourhood
of Karachi. The extensive report includes names of the captain and
crew of boats that carried the attackers to Mumbai, financers of
the operation, the facilitators in Karachi and those who provided
logistical support and technology. The investigations, however,
refute claims made by Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman
Headley, one of the leading planners of the Mumbai attacks. Headley
had testified earlier that ISI and LeT had coordinated with each
other for the attack. The ISI provided military and moral support
to the group, he had alleged.
The Poonch Police handover a SPO,
who had turned out to be a militant of LeT, to JIC in Jammu as two
more live Pakistani SIM cards were recovered from his possession.
Religious parties during a rally
held in a ground near the Quaid Mausoleum in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh, vowed to hold a sit-in outside Parliament on February
20, 2012 in protest against restoration of NATO supplies and warned
to turn every square of the country into Tahrir Square if attempts
were made to push the country to US subservience. From the platform
of DPC, the parties assailed US policies and their leaders and slogan-chanting
supporters condemned the continuing drone attacks and "attempts
to restore NATO supplies".
The rally was dominated by JuD,
JeI and ASWJ. Several speakers paid tribute to Afghan Taliban leader
Mullah Omar. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed of JuD said the US wanted to avenge
its defeat in Afghanistan and was exploiting the situation in Balochistan.
He said India was using Kashmir against Pakistan as a tool and had
blocked the flow of water to Pakistan, but the DPC would not allow
this to happen. He said the people of Pakistan would stand by their
armed forces and foil any conspiracy against the country. The conference
adopted a 10-point agenda for steering the country out of the crisis
and to restore Islamic values.
February 10: Eight years after two
blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai killed
52 people; the Bombay High Court upheld the death sentence awarded
to the three accused LeT militants. The court also asked two accused
discharged earlier to appear before the trial court, where they
will face a fresh case.
February 9: NIA submitted charge
sheet against 18 accused in the Kashmir Terrorist Recruitment Case
at NIA court Kochi, in Kerala. According to the charge sheet, Tadiyantavide
Nazeer and Shafas who are accused in several other terrorism cases
have joined hands with the banned LeT to execute anti-national activities.
February 7: SFs recovered a sophisticated
pistol with one magazine and eight rounds at the behest of the arrested
SPO Mohammad Rafiq alias Rafi from Kanuiyan forest area of Poonch
A group of men claiming to be members
of an 'Intelligence Agency' took into custody four armed activists
of the JuD detained by Rawalpindi Police. The four men brandishing
weapons were on a double-cabin vehicle which was intercepted by
Police at an Army-Police picket on Airport Road a few minutes before
the convoy of an Iranian dignitary was to pass through the area.
Two of the suspects were identified as Azhar and Qadhafi.
A press release issued by the JuD
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh stated that the arrangements
for Difa-e-Pakistan conference were in full swing and central leaders
of JuD have reached Karachi. Difa-e-Pakistan Council, a coalition
of parties and individuals including JuD, AML, JeI, JUP, and other
religious parties, excluding JUI-F, is holding the conference scheduled
to be held on February 12, 2012 near the Quaid-e-Azam's mausoleum
on Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road in Karachi to pressurize the Government
not to restore NATO supply.
February 6: ATS has found out that
Haroon Naik, arrested on February 1 for 13/7 Mumbai blasts, had
met LeT operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and was present at
an "inspirational" lecture by slain al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden
in Pakistan just a month before the 9/11 attack.
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the chief
of JuD, confessed for the first time about his meeting with al Qaeda
founder Osama bin Laden and said he studied under the same scholar,
named Sheikh bin Baz, who taught Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
February 4: Two LeT militants, identified
as Muzaffar Ahmad Shiekh alias Chotu and Aashiq Hussain Shah, were
killed in an encounter with SFs at Adoora village, 35 kilometres
from Srinagar, in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir.
February 3: SFs trapped three militants
belonging to LeT by cordoning off the village after a brief encounter,
eight kilometres from Pulwama town.
February 2: The founder of LeT
and Jama'at-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed appeared to lose
his cool on a TV show when Indian Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar
questioned his contention that Indians did not accept Pakistan,
and said he should be arrested and brought before court.
The Union Government has decided
to continue the ban imposed on SIMI. The ban has been extended in
light of SIMI's alleged links with certain Pakistan-based terrorist
outfits including LeT and its front, Indian Mujahideen.
February 1: Border Security Forces
have found out that a racket in FICN is operating from Pakistan
with the support of ISI and LeT for distribution of FICN in India
January 31: The JuD chief Hafiz
Muhammad Saeed has kept the guessing game on about his reported
January 29: Police on LeT module
in the Pattan area of Baramulla District.
January 29: Thousands of traders
and activists from religious parties gathered near the Holy Family
Hospital at Satellite Town in Rawalpindi District to call on the
Government to stop 'unconstitutional' activities of the Ahmadiyya
community. The protest, arranged by Traders' Associations, was attended
by activists of JuD, JeI and the ASWJ. Members of the proscribed
militant outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) were also in attendance.
The rally took place in Satellite Town, where an Ahmadi worship
place, Ewane Tawheed, is also located. The traders said it was built
without prior official approval. Although the rally was held to
protest alleged land 'encroachment', speakers used the occasion
to demand that Ahmadis stop religious activities such as proselytizing
January 26: Investigations by the
Jammu and Kashmir Police have found that "officials of an intelligence
agency" had provided a Chinese pistol to a surrendered militant,
who later used it to kill a SPO.
Though the Police refused to disclose
the name of the agency, the revelation followed the arrest of a
surrendered militant in connection with the disappearance of SPO
Mohammad Hanief who was found murdered in Kishtwar District on December
10, 2011. Hanief was working with the Special Operation Group in
Doda. Kishtwar Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Abrar
Chowdhary said the Police arrested former LeT militant Nafees Khandey.
His two accomplices in the crime - Shahnawaz alias Bilal Ahmed Khander
and Mohammad Rafiq - have already fled and rejoined militant ranks,
according to the police. Nafees was also planning to rejoin the
militant outfit at the time of his arrest, Chowdhary said, adding
the Police seized a number of incriminating documents from him.
January 24: SFs recovered a large
quantity of arms, ammunition and explosive material during two different
search operations conducted in Budhal and Thanna Mandi areas of
Rajouri District. The seizure belonged to LeT and HM outfits.
January 23: Police arrested a surrendered
militant while two other former militants were reported to have
joined the militant cadre after killing a SPO, Mohammad Hanief,
on December 10, 2011 and taking away his AK-47 rifle in upper reaches
of Thathri in Kishtwar District of Jammu and Kashmir.
January 22: The leaders of the PDC,
comprising of 44 politico-religious parties of the country gathered
at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi in a rally against what they called
the anti-Pakistan forces. "Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad" (the holy
war, the holy war) slogans rose from the crowd in response to every
fiery claim by orators who warned against the 'grand conspiracies'
being hatched by the 'enemies of Pakistan'. A majority of the participants
in the rally were holding JuD flags, led by Hafiz Saeed, whose 17-minute
speech, consistently referring to Indian-American aggression against
Muslims, resonated with the crowd of over 50,000.
"The current standoff between state
institutions is the result of a sin that we committed 10 years ago
by allowing our territory to be used against Afghan Muslims, and
until we repent for that grave mistake, we will never be able to
overcome these issues," Saeed said, adding, "This is America's war
and we only want to fight Pakistan's war." The PDC urged the Government
to get rid of the US war on terrorism. The leaders demanded Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to make a timeframe to leave the war
and formulate independent policies by keeping the national interests
supreme. Saeed said that India is a greater threat to Pakistan than
the United States (US). "The current Government is conspiring with
the US to give in to Indian supremacy in the region. Granting Most
Favoured Nation (MFN) status is part of that plan. We must practically
oppose this," Saeed added. Activists of the participating religious
outfits freely distributed hate material, including jihadi
pamphlets, books, CDs and posters inciting sectarian hatred and
January 21: A Delhi court will hear
arguments taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed by NIA against
Pakistani-American LeT operative David Coleman Headley and eight
others including JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and LeT militant
Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi. Headley and others are charged with planning
and executing terror strikes in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai
January 20: Police arrested three
OGWs of the LeT from Handwara in Kupwara District. The arrestees
were identified as Mohammad Rafiq, Aabid Hussain Rather and Abdul
Rashid Khoja. Police said that these OGWs were arrested while they
were coercing the inhabitants of Muqam and Hindwanpora villages
to donate money for the LeT outfit. Police said five letter pads
of LeT outfit were recovered from them.
January 19: SFs shot dead LeT 'commander',
Abrar Khan alias Abu Mavia alias Abu Wasim alias
Mistry, hailing from Pakistan, in an encounter at Khaneti Mohalla
in Salwa area of Mendhar in Poonch District. Police sources said
an operation was launched in Salwa area on specific information
about the presence of Mistry in the forests. A contact with the
militant was established at about 6am. His dead body was recovered
later in the afternoon. Recoveries made from his possession included
one AK-47 rifle with four magazines, one UBGL, four UBGL shells,
107 AK rounds and one pouch. Mistry, an 'A' category militants,
was operating in twin border Districts of Rajouri and Poonch for
past quite some time and had developed good network in Mendhar and
The JuD said that the cricketer-turned-politician
Imran Khan will attend its Difa-e-Pakistan (Defence of Pakistan)
rally to be held in Multan District of Punjab Province on January
29, 2012. JuD leaders said the Difa-e-Pakistan gathering
would also be attended by Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI) chief Munawar Hassan
and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and leaders of
other religious and political parties. There was no word from Imran
Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party on the development. Khan has
not attended other 'Defence of Pakistan' meetings organised by the
JuD but a message from him was read out at a rally held in Lahore
on December 18, 2011.
The movement was launched shortly
after a cross-border November 26, 2011, NATO air strike that killed
24 Pakistani soldiers. During rallies and meetings organised as
part of the movement, leaders of the JuD and other extremist groups
have mainly targeted the US and India.
January 19: Counter-terrorism agencies
have narrowed down on the terror-financing module that is operating
out of New Delhi, and is believed to have aided IM operatives in
executing the July 13 triple blasts in Mumbai and the Delhi blast.
Sources in counter-terrorism agencies said that they had identified
the recipient of the money illegally channeled from Dubai to a hawala
operator in Delhi. The money was laundered through an old LeT conduit,
identified as Wali Aziz alias Rehan, who operates out of Dubai.
The tip-off about the hawala trader was obtained after the arrest
of six IM operatives in November 2011 and with the arrest of Naquee
Ahmed, who reportedly helped the plotters of the 13/7 blasts find
a safe-house in Byculla in Mumbai.
January 18: Security agencies have
been put on a high alert after IB warned the Delhi Police last week
that a LeT operative, identified as one Rehman, may have gained
entry into the city to carry out a terror strike during the upcoming
Republic Day (January 26) celebrations. Sources said Rehman is believed
to be heavily armed and carrying sophisticated weapons and gadgetry
and may have specifically entered Delhi with a mission to disrupt
R-Day celebrations."We don't know his location. There are active
IM sleeper modules in the city and Rehman may try to get in touch
with their members to carry out a terror strike on the upcoming
Republic Day celebrations. We are taking every measure to disrupt
any attempt to strike the city," an unnamed top special cell official
January 17: A Pakistani ATC conducting
the trail of seven men charged with involvement in the November
26, 2008 Mumbai attacks (also known as 26/11) adjourned proceedings
till January 28, 2012 after the main accused, LeT commander Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi, sought time to appoint a new lawyer, reports The
Times of India. Lakhvi made the request as his lawyer Khwaja Sultan
Ahmed died recently. Judge Shahid Rafique adjourned the case till
January 28 and directed Lakhvi to appoint a new counsel before that
date. The seven suspects, including Lakhvi, have been charged with
planning, financing and facilitating the attacks that were carried
out by 10 Pakistani terrorists.
January 14: DIG, North Kashmir Muneer
Ahmad Khan said that there is 90 percent decline in militancy in
Bandipora District but added that the militants in the District
are using hi-tech devices and travel to Pakistan to get the training
in handling them. He said Police in December 2011 arrested two militants
who had recently returned from Pakistan after getting training in
handling the hi-tech gadgets.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief,
Northern Command, Lieutenant General K T Parnaik said on January
15 that nearly 2,500 militants were camping in terrorist training
camps in Pakistan and PoK. Some 300 militants were also camping
in launching pads in Pakistan and PoK. "Camps in PoK and Pakistan
have 2,000 to 2,500 terrorists as per our own sources. However,
in launching pads (along the borderline with Pakistan) they are
around 300 or so," he said. On the security situation in J&K, the
Army Commander said it was good. "Violence parameters have been
down in 2011. Last year was a fruitful year. We had a fair amount
of peace in the state," he added. "Though there had been continued
attempts to push terrorists into this side of the border yet we
successfully thwarted most of them. As per the reports, there would
be attempts to revive the terrorists activities in the State as
such we all have to remain alert and take pre-emptive measures,"
he added. To a question about reports of LeT revitalizing woman
cadre, he said, "We keep getting these inputs from the intelligence
sources. Frequent reports keep coming to us through sources about
whatever happens across the border so far as terrorist mechanism
is concerned. There are reports that woman cadre of the LeT is being
trained in Muzaffarabad area of the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir before
being pushed into this side of the border. However, this is not
yet corroborated. We have not shared this report officially with
the State Government and anyone else and it will require sometime
to further corroborate."
Alleged IM militants Salman alias
Chotu and Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu have allegedly confessed
to the Bangalore Police that they had got explosives for the 2008
Delhi serial blasts from Udupi, a coastal town in Karnataka. Both
LeT-trained Salman and Shahzad, natives of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh
and arrested by Delhi Police in 2011, are co-accused in the Chinnaswamy
Stadium blast case in 2010.
In their confessional statement,
they allegedly told the Bangalore anti-terrorism cell that their
associates Mohammed Saif (now in jail) and Khalid (absconding) went
to Udupi on August 31, 2008, and brought the explosives to Delhi
on September 3, 2008. The Delhi blasts took place on September1
JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed expressed
support for the contacts between the US and Afghan Taliban and urged
the Government to open a dialogue with Pakistani militants. Addressing
a news conference at Karachi Press Club in Karachi, he said that
by initiating a reconciliation process for Afghanistan the US had
"in effect accepted its mistake" of invading the country.
January 13: Mohammad Rafiq alias
Rafi, the SPO arrested along with five others, was reportedly engaged
in espionage, according to. There were reports that he had developed
contacts with Pakistan Army, ISI and militant 'commanders' of LeT
and HM during his stay in Pakistan, before returning to India and
joining the services. This aspect was, however, yet to be confirmed
Parveen Akhter, wife of Mohammad
Azam of Mendhar in Poonch District, has turned out to be another
woman militant with confirmed involvement of her links with a Pakistan
based militant of LeT outfit, also named as Mohammad Azam. Police
arrested Parveen Akhter along with Bashir Akhter of Qasba in Poonch
District. During questioning, Parveen Akhter alias Parveena
is said to have disclosed that Mohammad Azam used to smuggle weapons
from PoK up to the LoC at fixed spots in Poonch District. Parveena
picked up the weapons, FICNs, SIM cards and other material from
the LoC and supplied them to militants, including Mohammad Hafiz
of Surankote. Hafiz has already been arrested by Srinagar Police.
January 10: A red alert was sounded
in Kishanganj District after intelligence reports suggested that
eight LeT terrorists had sneaked in there from across the porous
Indo-Nepal border, official sources said. The sources told agency
that sleuths of the IB have already visited the District and held
a 'secret' meeting with Kishanganj (P Ranjit Kumar Mishra in this
regard. Apart from SSB personnel, District Armed Police personnel
too were maintaining strict vigil on the porous border and people
moving into the district from Nepal were being thoroughly frisked,
the SP said. All the important trains were being escorted with heavy
security personnel as personnel of the RPF were deployed in railway
stations in the District. Vigil was also being kept on the movement
of trains in other Districts of the Seemanchal belt: Purnia, Araria,
and Katihar, sources said.
Railway stations along the Bihar-Nepal
border have been put on alert after intelligence reports that a
group of terrorists have sneaked into the State and could pose a
threat to railway facilities in the area. According to intelligence
agencies, the terrorists could attack stations near the border like
Raxaul, Sugauli, Adapur, Sikta, Narkatiaganj, Betiah and Motihari.
RPF's chief security commissioner (Samastipur) S N Arya said that
following the threat reports received from the intelligence departments
of the State and Central Governments, all railway stations along
the Bihar-Nepal border have been put on maximum alert. According
to reports, he said that a Pakistani terrorist was arrested in Kathmandu
in Nepal last week. To seek his release, a group of seven to eight
Afghani terrorists sneaked into the District from across the Nepal
border, posing major threat to Railway Stations and trains besides
other vital installation along the border, Arya said.
The Army said that Security Forces
had foiled numerous infiltration attempts and terrorists were on
the run with their leadership eliminated to a great extent in Jammu
and Kashmir. "The relentless hard work by security forces has kept
terrorists on the run in Jammu and Kashmir", General Officer Commanding
in Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command, Lieutenant General K T Parnaik
said. "As their numbers have dwindled and the leadership has been
eliminated to a great extent, the operations are now entering a
more difficult phase," he added. "This demands excellent synergy
among all security forces, intelligence agencies and the civil administration,"
the Army officer said. He expressed hope the terrorists would be
dealt a final blow in the state soon.
According to a recent intelligence
report, the LeT in association with IM is planning to carry out
attacks in Mumbai and Delhi in near future. Probable targets include
ports and vital installations on the coastal front.
January 7: The DPC on warned of
countrywide protests if the Government reopens supply routes for
allied forces stationed in neighbouring Afghanistan. The DPC, which
comprises the JI, JuD, Frontal organisation of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
and others, made the demand in a joint declaration adopted at a
meeting between the top leadership in Islamabad.
The meeting was attended by DPC
Chairman and JUI-S chief Maulana Samee-ul-Haq, Gen (r) Hameed Gul,
JI chief Syed Munwar Hassan, JuD chief Professor Saeed Ahmad, Pakistan
Awami League chief Sheikh Rasheed, Pakistan Muslim League-Zia-ul-Haq
leader Ijaz ul Haq, Abdul Rasheed Turabi, Jamiat Al-Hadith General
Secretary Abtisam Elahi, Ghulam Mustafa Jadoon and Hafiz Abdur Rehman.
Addressing a news conference, DPC leaders warned they would resist
any move by the Government to reopen NATO supply routes. They added
that a mass awareness campaign would be launched against the "terrorism"
being "covertly sponsored" by India and the United States in the
country. DPC leaders said that the meetings would be held in Rawalpindi
on January 22, Multan on January 29 and Karachi on February 12.
A Melbourne-based Pakistani student, Salman Ghumman (23), was
deported on security grounds after being questioned by Australian
security intelligence officials over his suspect phone calls to
Pakistan. Ghumman was detained last month by immigration officials
after several months of questioning by Australian Security Intelligence
Organisation officials over suspect phone calls made to Pakistan
and why he was in Australia. His father Manzoor Hussain Ghumman,
a retired Pakistani Air Force officer, was quoted by the paper as
saying that the family was concerned about his son's fate if he
be picked up and questioned by Pakistani security services. Ghumman
said he feared his son had been unfairly targeted because the family
had donated money to JuD, a frontal organisation believed to be
the charity arm of LeT. Ghumman, who arrived in Australia in July
2010 to study accounting at the Melbourne Institute of Technology,
said he was mortified at his situation and was determined to clear
his name and return to Australia to complete an accounting degree
at La Trobe University.
January 5: Police in Anantnag busted
a six member LeT module. Police said that the module was busted
after the arrest of a youth, Younis Ahmad, of Arwani. "During his
questioning he reveal that he along with other members of this module
had arranged weapons and delivered them to the militants operating
in Tral", said Police. Police said that on his disclosure his five
associates who were also working for LeT were arrested. Police identified
them as Shakoor-ul-Mansoor Parray, Tawseef Hussain Bhat, Mudasir
Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Shafi Bhat and Mohammad Younis Bhat son of
Police said that the module was
involved in arranging and transportation of weapons and were also
facilitating the movement of militants by providing them information
regarding the movements of security forces in the area. The module
had also succeeded in recruiting some youths into the militancy,
said police. Police said that module was working at the behest of
a LeT 'commander' of Pulwama and Kulgam.
January 4: Bandipora Police neutralized
two militant modules, one each of LeT and HM, who were planning
the target killings in the District. Superintendent of Police (Bandipora)
Bashir Ahmed Khan said that Police arrested six youths in two separate
raids from Hajin area of Sonawari in the District. They were affiliated
with HM and LeT. Khan said that Police arrested a youth, identified
as Fayaz Ahmed of village Hajin. He said that during the questioning
Fayaz disclosed that he was working with the HM since last nine
months. Khan said that on his disclosure, Police arrested two of
his accomplices from Hajin. They have been identified as Zubair
Ahmed Parray. Khan said that the trio confessed that they were working
with the HM and were recruiting the youth into militant ranks. During
the questioning they said that they were tasked to kill some influential
political workers and Police personnel in the District. A matrix
sheet and list of people of few political workers and police personnel
were recovered from their possession, Khan added.
Police neutralized an LeT module,
believed to be planning target killings, operating in Sonawari area
and arrested three militants, identified as Zahoor Ahmed Dar, Ghulam
Muhammad Bhat and Nissar Ahmed Ganie. Zahoor Ahmad Dar had visited
Pakistan at the behest of LeT for computer training in May 2011.
After staying in training camps for 15 days he returned back. Later,
Zahoor Ahmed contacted a surrendered militant, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat,
for sending across some educated youths for computer and arms training.
Ghulam Mohammed motivated Nissar Ahmed Dar at the behest of Zahoor
Ahmed and sent him across for computer training and was transporting
money and other material for the LeT cadres. These youths were assigned
the job of targeting political activists and police personnel in
the District. The arrested militants had earlier threatened Panches
and Sarpanches during 2011 Panchayat elections.
January 3: The LeT is raising a
group of 21 female terrorists at its training camps in PoK for carrying
out sabotage activities in India, Army sources said, "We have confirmed
reports that LeT is imparting training to 21 selected female terrorists
at its training facilities in Muzaffarabad in PoK for carrying out
terrorist activities in India," an unnamed Army official said in
Army said the new group, named as
Dukhtareen-e-Taiba, is planned to be made active in the Kashmir
Valley by the LeT. The women terrorists are planned to be infiltrated
into India through routes in Uri sector or using the aerial route
through some other country.
DNA quoted sources as saying, "Inputs
reveal that 21 girls are being trained by LeT at Divalia, Muzzafarabad,
under the name of Dukhtaran-e-Taiba." The group, after training,
have been placed under the command of an LeT 'commander', Sayeed
Sadaqat Hussain, for future deployment in Kashmir, the sources added.
Intercepts indicate that the new
front is being activated since the earlier formation of women DeM
led by Asiya Andrabi has not been successful in mobilising people
as it had in the past. According to reports, the sources said, the
effort is to try and infiltrate these trained cadres into India
either through the Uri sector or even Nepal.
Another training camp, according
to other information, is located at Turbeladem in PoK in which over
400 terrorists in various groups are being trained and that the
facility is being commanded by a senior officer of ISI. The sources
said the ISI asked the LeT and other terror groups to carry out
attacks against the Indian troops deployed on the LoC. These groups,
the reports said, carried out reconnaissance in areas on the other
side of the LoC facing the Indian forward defence locations.
January 1:The Ramban District is
speedily moving towards "zero militancy" as only four militants
of HM are currently active in the area. "There are only four militants
of HM outfit operating in Ramban District," Superintendent of Police
Anil Mangotra said. "These surviving militants are hiding somewhere
in the upper reaches, and the police and army are trying hard to
locate and eliminate them," he added. Five top militants including
two top HM and LeT 'commanders' were killed in Ramban in 2011, giving
a big jolt to militancy in the District, he said. Bordered by thick
forested belts of Doda, Anantnag, Udhampur and Reasi Districts,
Ramban has seen more than 400 militants of different outfits including
HM, LeT, JeM, HuJI, HuM and HMPPR operating in the District till
2000, he said.
Pakistan is unmatched in terms of
the freedom it allows for the pursuit of jihad (holy war) and for
the spread of Islam, said JuD chief Hafiz Saeed.