Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed.
The FBI has arrested Jubair Ahmad, a Pakistani man in Virginia, for helping produce and distribute jihadi propaganda for the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Jubair is said to be linked to the highest level of the LeT: the son of Hafiz Saeed. From the FBI press release [emphasis ours]:
According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Jubair received religious training from LeT as a teenager in Pakistan and later attended LeT’s basic training camp. Jubair entered the United States in 2007 along with other family members, and in 2009, the FBI launched an investigation after receiving information that Jubair may be associated with LeT.
The affidavit alleges that in September 2010, Jubair produced and uploaded a propaganda video to YouTube on behalf of LeT, after communications with a person named “Talha.” In a subsequent conversation with another person, Jubair identified Talha as Talha Saeed, the son of LeT leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. Talha and Jubair allegedly communicated about the images, music and audio that Jubair was to use to make the video. The final video contained images of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed, so-called jihadi martyrs and armored trucks exploding after having been hit by improvised explosive devices.
In October 2010, Talha allegedly contacted Jubair and requested that he revise the LeT propaganda video, giving Jubair specific instructions. Jubair allegedly revised the video and posted it on Oct. 16, 2010. In August 2011, FBI agents interviewed Jubair, where he falsely denied any involvement with the October 2010 video.
Keep in mind that Saeed denies any links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, and claims he only runs the “charitable” Jamaat-ud-Dawa (which is in itself a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba). Yet Saeed’s own son is pushing propaganda of “martyrs” and IED attacks interspersed with images of his father. Despite Lashkar-e-Taiba’s role in the December 2008 suicide assault in Mumbai, India, as well as numerous other terror attacks, the Pakistani government refuses to detain Saeed and dismantle his network. That’s because Lashkar-e-Taiba remains a vital tool for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.
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