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Saeed motivated the 26/11 attack squad

"Gunshot will feel like a pin prick, blood stains will be like rose petals, and angels will come down to take your souls," said patron of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Mohammad Saeed while motivating the 10 member suicide squad for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, states the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Rajesh Ahuja reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2011 01:38 IST
Rajesh Ahuja

"Gunshot will feel like a pin prick, blood stains will be like rose petals, and angels will come down to take your souls," said patron of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Mohammad Saeed while motivating the 10 member suicide squad for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, states the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

According to the chargesheet, once the LeT leadership decided that it would be a suicide attack, Hafiz Saeed himself motivated the 10-member attack squad.

The NIA chargesheet against Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley and his Pakistani-Canadian associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana has also named as accused two serving ISI officers-major Iqbal and major Samir Ali, LeT patron Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, his two trusted lieutenants Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Sajid Majid, former Pakistani army major Abdul Rehman Hashim alias Pasha and al Qaeda military commander Ilyas Kashmiri.

The chargesheet also makes it clear that despite international pressure immediately after the 26/11 attacks, LeT was ready with more plans to attack India.

A mail written by Hafiz Saeed's trusted aide Sajid Mir to Headley in July, 2009 says: "There are some investment (attack) plans with me."

"Just nine months after the Mumbai attacks, the LeT-ISI combine was ready with more plans. It shows the kind of adversary India is fighting against. The significance of the chargesheet is that it lays bare the conspiracy of Pakistan before and after the execution of the 26/11 attacks," said an official who didn't wish to be quoted.

The chargesheet also says that the NIA didn't receive any help from Pakistan. The probe agency had sent a letter rogatory (a court approved request for assistance in investigation) to Pakistan which, despite repeated requests, remained unanswered till the time of filing of chargesheet.