A man going by the name of Major Iqbal, believed to be working with the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, is among five of his compatriots to be chargesheeted by an American court for conspiracy in the 2008 Mumbai terror strike, the US has informed India.
The April 26 chargesheet submitted to a Chicago court has also named Sajid Mir, Abu Qahfa, Mazhar Iqbal and Lashkar Member D. Among the Pakistani men, four are wanted by India in the Mumbai terror strike that left 166 people dead over three days of mayhem from November 26-29, 2008.
Officials said Major Iqbal, 35, was posted in Lahore during 2007 and 2008. “Major Iqbal was actively involved in planning and execution of the Mumbai terror attack,” the official said.
"Iqbal was handling David Coleman Headley on behalf of the ISI for the Mumbai terror attack. He provided $25,000 to Headley for meeting his expenses during the surveillance operations in India,” he said.
Headley had in March 2010 pleaded guilty to 12 criminal counts, including aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in Mumbai, and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in a plea bargain to escape the death penalty.
Headley has admitted to have given all the surveillance videos shot for conducting the attack to Iqbal and then to the terror outfit, the official said.
Iqbal is a resident of Pakistan and has been closely associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leaders, including Sajid Majeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. There is an Interpol red corner notice against him.
"Sajid Majeed, the second person named in the US court, is a senior LeT commander who heads the Indian set-up of the terror outfit,” the official said.
"He was the key planner of the Mumbai terror attack. He was personally involved in the training and briefing of all the 10 terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attack,” the official said.