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Five majors of Pakistan army amongst India’s most-wanted list

Five Pakistan Army majors are among the list of the top-ten most wanted terrorists wanted from the neighbouring country by India.

The list of 49 most-wanted fugitives in Pakistan, handed over with dossiers by Indian Home Secretary G K Pillai to his counterpart Qamar Zaman Choudhary on March 28, 2011, has ex-majors Sajjid Majid aka Sajid Mir, the notorious Wasi Bhai who directed the head shot on Nariman House hostages, Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed aka Pasha, the handler of Indian Mujahideen through his Karachi Project, ex-SSG trooper Illyas Kashmiri, the handler of al-Qaida’ s 313 brigade, and two serving majors who handled LeT’s David Coleman Headley for the country’s secret services, ISI.

Although Lashkar-e-Toiba’s chief patron Hafiz Saeed tops the list of most-wanted — the rise of Sajjid Majid, Pasha, Kashmiri, Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali is understandable – but the fact remains all top five most-wanted were close to David Coleman Headley, particularly Pasha who ran the Indian Mujahideen project from Karachi.

According to India’s National Intelligence Agency’s report on Headley’s interrogation, there was intense rivalry between Sajjid Mir and Pasha as the Indian Mujahideen project bore fruit for the LeT. Headley believes that Sajjid Mir launched the 26/11 attack plan partly to upstage the Karachi project of Pasha. It was due to this reason that Pasha and Kashmiri became close to late Osama bin Laden post 2008 attacks and drifted away from LeT. Pasha, according to Headley, clashed with his ISI handlers too as he wanted LeT to target Americans in Afghanistan rather than Indian forces in Kashmir.

Top terrorist Sajjid Mir gained notoriety way back in 2001 while on deputation from Pakistan Army to train militants in LeT camps. He was the man who trained Frenchman Willie Brigitte in 2001 to wage jihad against the West. Abdur Rehman Syed sought voluntary retirement from 6th Baluch regiment of Pakistan Army to join LeT’s jihad against India. Illyas Kashmiri tasted blood in 1994 in India when he along with LSE educated-Mi-6 spy-jihadi Omar Sayeed Sheikh kidnapped four foreigners from Paharganj. While Omar Sayeed Sheikh was arrested by Ghaziabad police, Kashmiri (then known as Shahji) escaped from the police dragnet in Nizamuddin in Delhi.

The list of 49 is as follows (* denotes Pakistan national)

1. Hafiz Mohammed Saeed *

2. Sajjid Majid *

3. Syed Hashim Abdur Rehman Pasha*

4. Major Iqbal *

5. Ilyas Kashmiri *

6. Rashid Abdullah *

7. Major Sameer Ali *

8. Dawood Ibrahim

9. Memon Ibrahim

10. Chota Shakeel

11. Memon Abdul Razak

12. Anis Ibrahim

13. Anwar Ahmed Haji Jamal

14. Mohammed Dosa

15. Javed Chikna

16. Salim Abdul Ghazi

17. Riyaz Khatri

18. Munaf Halari

19. Mohammed Salim Mujhahid

20. Khan Bashir Ahmed

21. Yakub Yeda Khan

22. Mohammed Memon

23. Irfan Chaugule

24. Feroz Rashid Khan

25. Ali Moosa

26. Sagir Ali Shaikh

27. Aftab Batki

28. Maulana Mohammed Masood Azhar *

29. Salauddin

30. Azam Cheema *

31. Syed Zabiuddin Jabi

32. Ibrahim Athar *

33. Azhar Yusuf *

34. Zahur Ibrahim Mistri *

35. Akhtar Sayeed *
36. Mohammed Shakir *

37. Rauf Abdul *

38. Amanullah Khan *

39. Sufiyan Mufti

40. Nachan Akmal

41. Pathan Yaqoob Khan

42. CAM Bashir

43. Lakhbir Singh Rode

44. Paramjit Singh Pamma

45. Ranjit Singh

46. Wadhawa Singh

47. Abu Hamza *

48. Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi *

49. Amir Raza Khan


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  • Pakistan to block lawsuit against ISI chief in US court

    Pakistan is preparing to block a lawsuit in a US court that alleges complicity of its spy chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha in the audacious 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, on the grounds that it will pour “gasoline on the fire” of Indo-Pak relations. The country’s military-run ISI has roped in American lawyers who are moving to quash the lawsuit in a Brooklyn court by arguing that if the case proceeds, it “will fuel violence and extremism” that will threaten Pakistan government and pour “gasoline on the fire” of relations between Pakistan and India, NBC News reported.
    The lawsuit, filed last year by relatives of two Jewish victims of the Mumbai attacks, alleges that Pasha and his predecessor Nadeem Taj helped the LeT conduct the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

    It charges that the ISI provided “critical planning, material support, control and coordination” of the Mumbai attacks under the leadership of Pasha and Taj.

    This allegedly included providing funding to David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American who has pleaded guilty in a US federal court to conducting surveillance for the Mumbai attacks under the direction of an ISI case officer, whom he identified only as “Major Iqbal”.

    The lawsuit is based in “large part on evidence developed by the FBI linking the ISI to the operatives of the LeT terror group who are charged with conducting the operation”, the report said.

    According to a brief filed last week by lawyers Kevin Walsh and Allen C Wasserman on behalf of the ISI, the Pakistan government “regards any assertion of jurisdiction over its high officials” by a US court “as an intrusion on its sovereignty, in violation of international law”.

    The brief argues that Pakistan is a “wartime ally of the United States” in the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and that the lawsuit will damage that alliance.

    The two American lawyers are with the Dallas-based firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, whose lobbying arm, Locke Lord Strategies, represents the Pakistan government in Washington.

    The firm reportedly was paid over two million dollars in fees since it signed a contract with the Pakistan government in 2008. The chief of the firm’s Pakistan lobbying account is Mark Siegel, a close aide of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto.