Evidence of Azhar-Saeed Terror Meet
Meet took place on Feb 14, 2013, four days after hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru
New Delhi: Evidence of Maulana Masood Azhar Alvi’s meeting with Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT)chief HafizSaeed — a UN designated terrorist — was among the papers India listed before the UN committee, while seeking a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief.
The meeting, according to the documents, took place on February 14, 2013, four days after the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The revelation comes after China blocked India’s move to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN committee. In its dossier, New Delhi also provided the details of nearly half-a-dozen high-profile attacks carried out in India by the Jaish-eMohammad, including the recent Pathankot attack. However, Indian agencies failed to obtain Azhar’s national identification or passport details, hence the column was left blank. The 2013 meeting, according to the report, “was held at Jaish-eMoha mmad h e a d q u a r t e r s in Rawalpindi, which was attended by Masood Azhar Alvi, Hafiz Saeed, the mentor of Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Syed Salahuddin (not listed), the chief of ter rorist g roup Hizbul Mujahideen (not listed)”. “A decision was taken to avenge the hanging of Afzal Guru,” the report stated.
The report further said: “During the meeting, a decision was also taken for possible cooperation with the Taliban to train terrorists for this purpose. There are credible intelligence reports that elements of JeM have actually received training in tactics, use of weapons and psychological warfare from the Taliban.” The Red Corner Notice by Interpol against Azhar was issued in July 2004 based on an arrest warrant by an Indian court for his involvement in 2001 Parliament attack, explained a government official. The documents before the UN also d e s c r i b e d Masood Azhar a s a “Pakistan-based international terrorist and a leader of JeM, its chief financier, recruiter and motivator”. India said he had been associated “with ISIL and al Qaeda for participating in the financing, planning and perpetrating” terrorist attacks.
Azhar, according to the report, first came under the radar of Indian intelligence agencies in 1993 when he came in contact with Al-Itihaad AlIslmiya (AIAI), an al Qaeda-aligned Somali terror group that had sought money and recruits from Harkat-ulMujahiddin (HuM).
Azhar, the report stated, visited Somalia at that time and facilitated recruitment of Yemeni mercenaries to Somalia. “In early 1994, Azhar surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir to mediate between various feuding factions of terrorist groups active in the state. He was arrested in February 1994 by Indian security forces and charged for terrorist linkages,” the report said.
The officials said Azhar was in jail till December 1999 and, in between, he was also charged with an attempted jail break at Kot Bhalwal in Jammu. His brothers — Abdul Rauf Alvi, Ibrahim Athar Alvi — and brother-in-law hijacked an Indian airlines plane in December 1999. He was finally released at Kandhar, Afghanistan, in exchange for hostages on December 31, 1999. His release in Afghanistan also “signifies his close linkages to Taliban and consequently to al Qaeda”.
The revelation comes after China blocked India’s move to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN committee