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Lashkar founder named in 26/11 charge-sheet

Source: PTI
February 26, 2009 16:23 IST
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Founder of Lashkar-e-Tayiba Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has been named in the charge-sheet on the terror attack in Mumbai for his suspected role in hatching the criminal conspiracy to carry out the terror strikes.

The Mumbai police, which filed a 11,280-page charge-sheet on Wednesday before a magistrate, has named 59-year-old Saeed as the first accused wanted for his suspected role in planning the unprecedented attack on the country's financial hub.

This is the first time that Hafiz Saeed has been named in a charge-sheet, a move which will pave the way for approaching Interpol, for the issuance of a Red Corner notice against him.

In its voluminous charge-sheet, the Mumbai police said that Saeed was among the 35 people who 'aided and abetted' in providing military precision-like planning and training, between 2007 and 2008, at Muridke (LeT headquarters), Manshera, Muzzafarabad, Azizabad, Paanch Teni in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Saeed founded the LeT along with Zafar Iqbal in Kunar province of Afghanistan in 1989.

Lashkar is a banned organisation in India, Pakistan, United States, United Kingdom, Russia and Australia. The European Union has also banned the outfit. An offshoot of markaz-ud-Dawatul-Irshad, Lashkar renamed itself as Jamat-ud-Dadwa, which was also banned by the United Nations.

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