26/11 mastermind Saeed and Lakhvi ran operations from jail

Documents say Saeed and Lakhvi continue to operate from jail.

Washington: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz
Saeed and Lashkar-e-Toiba`s operations commander Zaki-ur-
Rahman Lakhvi were running their terror groups while still in
custody in Pakistan following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, said
US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

The information is contained in a non-paper prepared
by the American intelligence community, and shared with the
Pakistan in August 2009 at the direction of Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton.

It says the US intelligence community assesses that
Hafiz Saeed is leader of LeT and Lakhvi is LeT`s operations
commander and they continue to run the organisation despite
being detained for their role in the Mumbai attacks.

The document says that Hafiz Saeed continues to lead
both the LeT and its front organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawah and
that some of the funds collected in the name of charitable
activities have also been used for planning terror attacks.

"We also judge that they have planned, directed, and
executed LT attacks throughout South Asia and likely have used
some funds collected in the name of JuD`s charitable
activities to support multiple LT terrorist operations,
including the November Mumbai attacks," it said.

"The Community assesses that Saeed continues to lead
both organisations. However, the Community is unable to assess
to what extent senior JuD leaders such as Saeed are involved
in specific terrorist operations or the level of detail to
which they are knowledgeable about specific past and pending
attacks," it said.

It says as of mid-July, Lakhvi was responsible for the
LeT`s military operations budget of Pakistani Rupees 365
million that is approximately USD 5.2 million per year.

India considers Lakhvi as the mastermind of Mumbai
attacks and Saeed as one of its most wanted terrorists. The
United Nations declared JuD a terrorist organisation in
December 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader.

PTI

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