Telling India that it hasn’t forgotten the role of Pakistan-based terrorists in the Mumbai attacks, the US has placed mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief patron Hafiz Muhammed Saeed along with his jihad financier brother-in-law Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki on the most-wanted terrorist list and announced a reward of $10 million (Rs 51 crore) and $3 million, respectively, for their arrest.
The reward puts Saeed at par with Taliban founder Mullah Omar, who the US holds responsible for 9/11.India has been asking Pakistan for act against Saeed since the 2008 attacks, but has not got a satisfactory response. This move by the US might put more pressure on Islamabad.
The move was disclosed to foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai by visiting US undersecretary of political affairs Wendy Sherman on Monday.
Saeed was designated global terrorist in December 2008 and Makki in November 2010.
Saeed’s been on India’s most-wanted list since 26/11 attacks that killed 173 people, including six Americans. He’s been named India’s enemy number one and chargesheeted for his role in 26/11 attacks. New Delhi has sought his arrest from Pakistan. However, he remains a powerful figure in Pakistan with links in army brass and the ISI.
Makki aka Professor is the fund collector for Lashkar and is known to have given $248,000 to Lashkar camp training the 26/11 attackers in 2007 and another $165,000 to LeT affiliated madrassas.