Arrested terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda has confirmed that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was a global terrorist group and its chief Hafiz Saeed was responsible for transferring funds and operating bank accounts in Belgium for jihad in Europe.
Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda in the custody of special cell of Delhi Police in New Delhi after he was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border. (HT photo/Ajay Aggarwal)
According to counter-terrorism experts, Tunda disclosed that Saeed had opened bank accounts in Belgium in 2001-2002 and had transferred large amount of funds to Europe.
Tunda recounted when he asked Saeed about the money transfers to Belgium, he said it was meant for jihad operations in Europe.
He, however, does not know the city or the bank in which these accounts exist.
The 70-year-old ex-LeT turned ISI operative said that Lashkar was flushed with donations and patronage after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed, with Saeed having a bank deposit of Rs. 5 crore in Lahore.
Tunda now threatens to write a book to expose the financial bungling by Saeed and another 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who personally cheated him of Rs. 3 lakh.
“Tunda says main Saeed ko nanga kar dunga (I will expose Saeed). He said while donations made on proper receipts made their way to parent Jammaat-ud-Dawa, fake receipts were printed to collect money for Saeed and his cronies,” said a senior official.
Delving on the global jihad mounted by Lashkar, Tunda said he was told by a Guantanamo Bay detainee that Arif Qasmani, top financier of LeT and now with al Qaida, had travelled to New York to procure anthrax (used as a chemical weapon) for Lashkar.
While Tunda maintains that he met Dawood Ibrahim in social gatherings in Karachi, he is unsure on timelines and does not recognise photographs of most of the Indian Mujahideen fugitives in Pakistan including, group co-founder Amir Raza Khan.
He, however, said that Raza lived in Karachi with his second wife and was training Indian Muslims from UP for anti-India jihad.
Tunda has identified Rasool Party and Sufiyan Abudullah, accused in the Haran Pandya murder case, as well as Abdul Aziz aka Gidda from Hyderabad and one Hafiz Irfan from UP. Gidda fought in Bosia and Grozny, Chechnya in the 1990s as part of global jihad.