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Relatives of Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba / Jamaat-ud Dawa, have raised funds for the terror group while living and working in mosques in the eastern United States and in California. Saeed's brother and brother-in-law are currently in US jails, while another brother was deported.
Jamaat-ud Dawa, Lashkar-e-Taiba's front group, said Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, the masterminds behind the Mumbai terror assault, never had links with Hafiz Saeed or the organization. Jamaat-ud Dawa also suggested the lone surviving Mumbai terrorist was kidnapped by Indian intelligence and forced to conduct the attack.
The Indian dossier on the Mumbai terror attack includes transcripts of phone calls between Pakistani handlers and the terrorists as they conducted their attacks. The handlers order murders, listened over the phone, and cheered the outcome. An intelligence source told The Long War Journal that former Paksitani intelligence chief Hamid Gul is one of the handlers.
A spokesman for Jamaat-ud Dawa, the front group for Lashkar-e-Taiba, warned that Pakistan is making a "big mistake" by acting against the group after the United Nations labeled it a terror entity last December. "Hafiz Saeed (the group's founder) has followers all over Pakistan, and it is not possible for the government of Pakistan to even think about handing him over to India," the spokesman said.
Pakistani security officials said that Zarar Shah, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, admitted to his involvement in the Mumbai attack during interrogation. Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the banned front group for the Lashkar, said it would continue its charitable work despite the so-called government crackdown. The Punjab provincial government said it was prepared to appoint a supervisor for Jamaat-ud-Dawa's headquarters in Muridke.
The US backs India's evidence on Lashkar-e-Taiba's involvement in the Mumbai attack. The captured Mumbai terrorist Kasab may speak on Indian television. Pakistan claimed Kasab is not a Pakistani citizen.
The Interior Ministry claimed 55 senior members of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, have been detained during raids. Twenty-two of those have been placed on the Exit Control List. Indian forces killed three LeT terrorists in Kashmir. Nawaz Sharif scolded the government for denying Mumbai attacker and LeT operative Ajmal Amir Kasab was from Pakistan.
A Lashkar-e-Taiba spokesman based out of Pakistan-held Kashmir vowed to continue to fight the Indians in the disputed territories and denied his group was behind the Mumbai attack. Indian intelligence confirmed that calls made by terrorists during the siege in Mumbai were made to senior Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Yusuf Muzammil.
Pakistan's president said the ISI has no links to Lashkar-e-Taiba. Pakistan's foreign minister said there is no evidence Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a front group for Lashkar. Pakistan's interior adviser said action was not taken against Jamaat-ud-Dawa due to pressure form India. Lashkar operative and Mumbai terrorist Amir Kasab requested legal help from Pakistan.
Jamaat-ud Dawa, the front group for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, claimed 150 members have been detained, and 46 offices in the Northwest Frontier Province have been shut down. Many members of the Lashkar have gone in hiding. Pakistan's defense minister said the nation took action against Jamaat-ud Dawa to prevent the country from being declared a terrorist state and, thus, suffer from UN sanctions.
The United Nations Security Council named Jamaat-ud-Dawa as a front group of Lashkar-e-Taiba, and proscribed its leader Hafiz Saeed and three others. Pakistan security services detained Zarar Shah, a communications expert who helped the Mumbai attackers communicate with Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders in Pakistan.
Lashkar-e-Taiba actively recruits Westerners, specifically Britons and Americans, and trains them in their camps inside Pakistan. Several Lashkar members have moved on to join al Qaeda and have conducted attacks or plotted to do so inside Western countries.
Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and eight other terrorists were arrested during government raids on Lashkar-e-Taiba camps and offices in Muzaffarabad. A Pakistani helicopter gunship reportedly fired on the camp in Shawai Nullah. Further raids are expected in Muridke, Sheikhupura, and Faisalabad.
Pakistan reportedly raided a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir; several Laskar fighters are said to have been detained. A newspaper confirmed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only captured Mumbai attacker, is from the village of Faridkot the Pakistani province of Punjab.