Pakistan is a state where those who push the bounds of what is acceptable to the military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, including jihadists, politicians, journalists, and activists, end up missing or are found murdered. Pakistan has weathered nearly two decades of international condemnation over Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, yet he and his terrorist entities have not only survived, but thrived.
If history is any guide, Laskahr-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed and his cadre will dodge the charges and continue to provide support to a wide range of terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.
An 18-year-old man from North Texas has pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to actively recruit for the Pakistani-backed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), according to a release from the Department of Justice last week.
The designations are the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to pressure Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups that openly operate inside the country with the approval and support of both the military and government.
Pakistan continues to fuel the terrorist insurgency inside Jammu and Kashmir by backing Lashkar-e-Taiba and other proxies.
The designations of Al-Muhammadia Students and LeT leaders Muhammad Sarwar and Shahid Mahmood highlight LeT’s role in international terrorism and its adeptness in using front organizations to skirt international sanctions.
The Pakistan-based terror group continues to use aliases in an attempt to hide its operations in South Asia. The US also said LeT conducted a suicide assault in Afghanistan as recently as May 2014.
President Karzai accused Lashkar-e-Taiba and the “intelligence agency of a foreign country” of the June 6 suicide attack that targeted Abdullah Abdullah.
Also, an “insurgent leader” who financed foreign fighters and coordinated attacks throughout Afghanistan was killed in Kunar province.
Lashkar-e-Taiba Founder Takes Less Militant Tone in Pakistan
Talha Saeed is wanted by the Indian government for running terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. He also instructed a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative to upload terrorist propaganda.
The US Treasury Department designated eight Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leaders today, including the point man for the November 2008 attack on Mumbai. Also designated was the son of LeT chieftain Hafiz Saeed.
Khatab Shafiq, a Pakistani citizen, was the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s senior leader in Kunar province, where he established training camps, taught weapons classes, and funded operations.
Action against militants urged, ‘India amenable to Kashmir talks’
Saeed’s sermon calling for jihad against the US was delivered the same day Pakistani officials claimed that Saeed was involved with “de-radicalization and rehabilitation of former jihadis” in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Pakistan – US bounty on Saeed a wrong signal: PM
Saeed now has one of the highest bounties offered for a global terrorist leader. The US is also offering $2 million for Saeed’s brother-in-law, who is Lashkar-e-Taiba’s deputy emir.
Pakistan – Despite ban, JuD, ASWJ chiefs reach Rawalpindi for rally
More than 30,000 Islamists gathered to show their support for the Pakistani military.
The US added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to the list of global terrorists. Zafar Iqbal co-founded the terror group and is a top fundraiser, and Hafiz Abdul Salam Bhuttavi is the deputy emir and ideologue who aided in the 2008 Mumbai terror assault.
Zafar Iqbal co-founded the terror group and is a top fundraiser, and Hafiz Abdul Salam Bhuttavi is the deputy emir and ideologue who aided in the 2008 Mumbai terror assault.
Lashkar-e-Toiba in the dock
LWJ has obtained the video of the Lashkar-e-Taiba propaganda tape that was created by Jubair Ahmad at the behest of Hafiz Saeed’s son.
The suspect was uploading jihadi videos at the behest of the son of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader’s leader, Hafiz Saeed.
Lashkar-e-Taiba admitted that one of its followers killed a respected, pro-independence cleric in Kashmir. LeT issued a report on the killing. The LeT fighter is in Indian custody.
Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed said that suicide attacks against Muslims under the guise of jihad were against Islam. Saeed did not say if suicide attacks against non-Muslims were forbidden, however.
Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed filed a petition in court that called for the government to halt US Predator airstrikes on Pakistani territory. Saeed asked the court to order the government to release all information related to the “secret deals” between the US and Pakistan.
In evidence: a terrorist’s to-do list
Hafiz Saeed rallies 4,000 in Lahore. More than 100,000 Osama bin Laden posters have been sold in Pakistan in the past week.
“Osama was a Muslim hero,” a prominent lawyer in Peshawar said, while LeT chief Hafiz Saeed said he was “a great person.”