A geriatric Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and an alleged head planner of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks Sajid Mir is in possession of Pakistan Authorities years after being declared dead. As per known sources Delhi was informed about his arrest a few months ago.
Pakistan has not made a public announcement of his arrest yet, and Indian authorities have also not been able to confirm the arrest by themselves.
Pakistan Arrests Sajid Mir 26/11 Panner
As reported by Nikkei Asia, Pakistan arrested Mir on Friday to get “off the “grey list” of the Financial Action Task Force”, an International agency that takes care of anti-terror financial activities. Indian agencies have marked Sajir Mir to be more dangerous than Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed.
As per news reports, an unknown FBI official said, “Mir (26/11 attack planner) had been arrested, tried, and sentenced.” However, there is no official record of him being tried, as there is no public announcement. “Pakistan’s anti-terror courts have tried, convicted, and sentenced other Laskhar members including Saeed.”
Agency also quoted Hammad Azhar, Pakistan’s former finance minister, in charge of negotiations with FATF saying, that Pakistan had taken appropriate measures against Mir and other of his associate terrorists and that was very ‘satisfactory’ for the International entities.
An unknown Pakistani official was also quoted by the agency as saying, “Pakistanis have “acknowledged” to both the US and India that Mir, who had earlier been pronounced untraceable or dead by Pakistani authorities, had been found.”
“Mir is also on the FBI list of most-wanted terrorists, with a $5-million reward for information about him. The FBI describes him as the “chief planner” of the Mumbai attacks. He was indicted by a US court in 2011 for his role in the Mumbai attacks along with Headley, his accomplice in the US and Tahawwur Rana, and others including Major Iqbal. Until December 2021, US authorities had assessed that Mir remained a free man in Pakistan.”