26/11 plan­ner liv­ing un­der ISI se­cu­rity

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Shishir Gupta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: In its an­nual Coun­try Re­ports on Ter­ror­ism, the United States has ac­cused Islamabad of not pros­e­cut­ing 2019 Pul­wama at­tack mas­ter­mind Ma­sood Azhar of the Jaish-e-Mo­hammed ter­ror group and 26/11 Mum­bai at­tack mas­ter plan­ner Sa­jjid Mir aka Ma­jid of the Laskhar-e-Taiba ter­ror group de­spite their “widely be­lieved” pres­ence in Pak­istan.

While the Im­ran Khan gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to deny the pres­ence of these ter­ror­ists in Pak­istan, Mir and Azhar live un­der high­est level of ISI pro­tec­tion in that coun­try. Sa­jjid Mir, the han­dler of Amer­i­can na­tional David Cole­man Headley, lives in Gar­den Villa Hous­ing So­ci­ety, Adi­ala Jail Road, Rawalpindi, Pak­istan or 27, C-Block, Al Faisal Town, La­hore or Ganda Nala area of La­hore in Pak­istan.

Car­ry­ing a re­ward of US $5 mil­lion on his head, 44-year-old Mir was the man who di­rected the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ter­ror­ists to take the head shot at the Holtzberg cou­ple at Chabad House in Mum­bai dur­ing the 26/11 mas­sacre. Re­spon­si­ble for se­cu­rity of LeT’s op­er­a­tions chief Zaki-ur­Rehman Lakhvi till 2010, Mir was not only re­spon­si­ble for re­cruit­ing ter­ror­ists abroad and train­ing them in ter­ror camps in Pak­istan but also was part of the ISI’s In­dian Mu­jahideen op­er­a­tion or what was iden­ti­fied as the Karachi project.

While In­dian in­tel­li­gence has kept track of Mir, the ter­ror­ist has level seven pro­tec­tion, which is nor­mally given to heads of state by the ISI in Pak­istan. He un­der­went plas­tic surgery after the 26/11 at­tacks.

Sim­i­larly, the ar­chi­tect of the 2016 Pathankot air base and 2019 Pul­wama at­tack, Ma­sood Azhar, lies bed-rid­den at JeM head­quar­ters at Markaz-e-Us­aman-o-Ali, Rail­way Link Road, Bhawalpur in Pak­istan’s Pun­jab prov­ince. While Azhar plans at­tacks against In­dia, the strikes are ex­e­cuted by his brother Maulana Rauf As­ghar and his team. The veteran ter­ror­ist is also known to stay in Madarassa Bi­lal Hab­shi, Kotka Imam Shah, Gareha Shah Ja­han, PS Man­dan, Bannu, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhw­a or Madrassa Masjid-e-Luq­man, Lakki­ta­jazai Road, Lakki­mar­wat, KPK.

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Fire­fight­ers try to douse a blaze dur­ing the 26/11 at­tacks.

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