Hafiz Saeed’s ‘Son’ and ‘Son in Law’ Included into the FTO

By: Arif Qoreshi

The United States on last Thursday slapped sanctions on Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Tayiba’s top eight commanders, including Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Sajid Majeed  and its founder Hafiz Saeed’s Son Talha Saeed  and son in law Hafiz Khalid Waleed.

Announcing the sanctions, the US said the LET, despite being designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in January 2002, continues to ‘operate in Pakistan’ and throughout the region and engage in terrorist activities world-wide.

Lashkar taiba has conducted numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani, Indian, Afghan and the US interests and is responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than  166 people, including six Americans, and the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings that killed more than 180 people,” the department of treasury said.

Besides Mir, other LET leaders slapped with sanctions are Abdullah Mujahid, Ahmed Yaqob, Hafiz Khalid Walid, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Maulana Amir Hamza,  Abdullah Muntazir, and Talha Saeed, the son of the LET leader Hafiz Saeed.

Thursday’s targets also include military commanders directly responsible for the murderous 2008 Mumbai attacks as well as attacks on coalition and Afghan forces.

The action against LET is Treasury’s most comprehensive to date against this group and includes individuals participating in all aspects of LET’s operations — from commanders planning attacks to those managing LET’s relationships with other terrorist groups,” Under Secretary for Terrorism  and Financial Intelligence David S Cohen said.

Sajid Majeed Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks

Sajid majeed is one of the most prominent who have been included into the FTO.  US Treasury called the Sajid Majeed  “Project Manager for Karachi Operation” for the November 2008 attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai. According to the Indian government and United States had directed LET training for operatives preparing for overseas recruiting, money laundering and operational planning on behalf of LET. After 9/11, Mir recruited four Virginia-based operatives, cleared them for LET’s terrorist training, and directed them to monitor and research US target sites, the Treasury said.


Abdullah Mujahid Lashkar’s Operation Commander for Afghanistan

According to the treasury department Abdullah Mujahid has been a member of LET since 1988 and now is senior commander for its operations in Afghanistan. On  early 2003, Mujahid had replaced Azam Cheema as LET’s chief of India operations. He was also in charge of LET maritime training activities in Punjab Province of Pakistan, Abdullaha Mujahid headed LET’s air wing and, as of 2004, As of 2009, he was a member of LET’s military council, alternatively referred to as Fedayan Kitab Wa Sunnah.


Ahmed Yaqoob  Lashkar’s Chief for Bangladesh and Nepal

Ahmed Yaqoob  was the head of LET’s maritime programme, alternatively described as the group’s naval wing. In this role, Yaqob looked after an LET cell run by Sajid Mir for operational purposes. He was deputy to LET’s operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, for whom he had worked since 1984. As of 2011, Yaqob also had been LET’s chief for Bangladesh and Nepal operations. Yaqub had attempted to smuggle 60,000 rounds of ammunition from Pakistan into Bangladesh on behalf of LET as of late 2009, but failed when Bangladeshi authorities intercepted the shipment,” the treasury said.

Hafiz Khalid Waleed Son in Law of Hafiz Saeed

Hafiz Khalid Walid has run LET’s political bureau since mid-2008, though Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki holds the formal title as the bureau’s head. In 2006, Walid was the deputy head of LET’s foreign relations department. As of 2011, Walid actively engaged in LeT political affairs under LET emir Hafiz Saeed’s direction. In 2008, when multiple LET senior leaders were in detention following the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Walid served as a lead LET official in Punjab Province, Pakistan, the Treasury said.

Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh Leader of Defense Pakistan Council

Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, has served as a leader in LET’s foreign affairs department since 2006, including acting as the department’s deputy director of political and foreign affairs between 2008 and 2009. Between 2008 and 2011, Sheikh ran LET front organizations that were used to raise funds and recruit on behalf of the group. Sheikh ran Falah-e Insaniat Foundation, a front used by LET for fundraising purposes, from early 2009 until mid-2010, when he was replaced as the FIF head by Hafiz Abdur Rauf. He has also worked with LET’s international donors.

Maulana Amir Hamza Founder Member of Lashkar Taiba

Maulana Amir Hamza has led an LET-associated charity and was also an officer and member of an LeT university trust that was led by Saeed. His responsibilities also included publishing propaganda on behalf of LET. Hamza has served as editor of an LET weekly newspaper and, as of mid-2011, he was contributing articles to the LeT publication.

Abdullah Muntazir Former Spokesman of Lashkar Taiba

Abdullah Muntazir served as LET’s spokesman for international media from 2005 to 2009.He founded Ghazwa, an LET weekly news magazine.  In late 2008, Abdullaha Muntazir published a solicitation for donations to LeT on the group’s website; the plea provided ‘ten solid reasons’ to financially contribute to LeT and asked readers to ‘come join’ the organization. As of mid-2008, Muntazir also ran LET’s monthly children’s magazine. In 2006 and 2007, Abdullaha Muntazir served as an LET press secretary.

Talha Saeed Son of Hafiz Saeed In charge Education Department Of Lashkar-E-Taiba

Identifying Talha Saeed as a prominent leader within LET since early 2005, the Treasury Department said as of mid-2011, he headed the group’s teachers department, using this position to acquire facilities on behalf of LET. He also worked on websites to support LET’s media operations as well as on indoctrination and propaganda programs. Talha founded an LET front group which he planned to use to pay journalists to write favorable stories on behalf of LET.

Impact of Sanctions on Lashkar-e-Taiba Members

The Obama administration’s decision to designate the leadership of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba group as terrorists last  week sends a message to a Pakistani government that remains unable or unwilling to crack down on the extremist organization.

The Treasury Department issued an order against eight Lashkar-e-taiba  leaders that prohibits Americans from doing business with them and freezes any of their assets under U.S. jurisdiction.

Hafiz Saeed Owns the sajid majeed and other Commanders

Jamaat ud Dawa Chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed Thursday refuted sanctions placed by United States  Treasury on the eight members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and said that the outfit will carry out processions against the decision. Talking to media, Saeed said that placing sanctions on LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa was a routine practice of United States and it would not hurt the working of the organization.

“Those who were placed on the list have never visited United States and are the leaders of jamat dawa”. Hafiz saeed added.

The writer is the editor of thefortress.com.pk


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