Just days before Lashkar-e-Taiba / Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed was charged by Faisalbad police with preaching jihad and raising money for terrorist activities, he was the guest of a senior Pakistani military commander in Rawalpindi. The Times of India reports:
Two FIRs [first information requests] against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and “restrictions” on his movements may not be more than eyewash. The 26/11 [Mumbai attack] mastermind remains a valuable “asset” for Pakistan’s military establishment and was an esteemed guest at an iftar hosted by the army’s 10th corps. ( Watch Video )
The JuD boss, who is also the head of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, is understood to have been present at the iftar held on September 12. The 10th corps is headquartered in Rawalpindi and is seen to be responsible for the Kashmir sector with a role in pushing infiltrators across the Line of Control into J&K [Jammu and Kashmir]. The LeT is a major recruiter of jihadis sent into J&K.
The commander of the X Corps (10th Corps) is Lieutenant General Tahir Mahmood. A reliable US intelligence source tells me that Tahir is one of several senior Pakistani generals who sympathizes with terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban. Tahir is reportedly one of several generals who embraced Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud during the crisis with India late last year after the Mumbai assault.
Mandeep Singh Bajwa at Orbat.com agrees.
“Tahir is one of those who view the TTP [Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan] as strategic assets,” Mandeep said in an email conversation. “Assets to be used in whatever way. To be projected to the US as enemies and thereby bring in aid. Or to be used against infidels.”
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