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US court summons Pasha, Saeed

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2010 02:00 IST
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A US court has issued summons to senior ISI officials, including its chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha and 26/11 attacks masterminds Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, in response to a lawsuit filed by the relatives of two US victims.

The 26-page lawsuit had been filed before a New York Court on November 19 against the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) by the relatives Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who were killed at Chabad House.

Following the lawsuit, which accuses ISI of aiding and abetting LeT in the slaughter of 166 people, the Brooklyn court issued summons to the ISI, the LeT, Major Samir Ali and Major Iqbal of the ISI, Azam Cheema, the ISI, Lakhvi, Sajid Majid, Pasha, Saeed and Nadeem Taj.

Pasha has been director general of the ISI since September 2008, while Taj had held the post from September 2007 to September 2008. The one-of-its-kind lawsuit also brings as defendants Lashkar operatives including operations commander Lakhvi, JuD chief Saeed, and Azam Cheema.

“The Mumbai terrorist attack was planned, trained for and carried out by members of defendant LeT. Defendant ISI provided critical planning, material support, control and coordination of the attacks," the lawsuit alleges.