Pak rewarded Amir Raza for financing terror outfit: IM leader
A prominent Indian Mujahideen leader has said that Pakistan had rewarded financier of the outfit for his role in financing terrorist outfits to conduct operations in India. This revelation has been made by Indian Mujahideen member Mohammad Saddik Shaikh in his confessional statement which was opened by the court today.world Updated: Apr 09, 2009 23:11 IST
A prominent IM leader has said that Pakistan had rewarded financier of the outfit for his role in financing terrorist outfits to conduct operations in India.
This revelation has been made by Indian Mujahideen member Mohammad Saddik Shaikh in his confessional statement which was opened by the court on Thursday.
“Amir Raza, financier of IM, was paid handsomely by high ranking officials from the Pakistan army to conduct terrorist operations in India,” Saddik said in the statement.
According to the statement, in the year 2003, Saddik had gone to Pakistan where he met Colonel Atif, who had given him two envelopes to be delivered to Raza. Raza used to transfer money through Western Union Money Transfer and ‘hawala´ for conducting weapon and explosives training in Pakistan and for other IM requirements.
Saddik had first gone to Pakistan after the 1992-93 Mumbai riots and underwent training.
“From Karachi airport I was taken to LeT office where I met their chief Azam Cheema. I was then sent to Muzzafarabad where I underwent training for over 25 days in weapon handling and how to assemble explosives,” Saddik said.
“After a group of boys came back from training, Raza asked me to show my work. With the help of Riyaz Bhatkal, founder of IM and other members, I conducted blasts in Delhi, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and in several other places,” Saddik has confessed.
“After seeing and reading stories about the people who have lost their lives or their relatives in the bomb blasts, I slowly started realising my mistake. I then started avoiding to meet Riyaz and the other IM members,” he said.
Between February 2005 to September 2008, IM conducted blasts in several cities like Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, UP, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Surat, Saddik has said in his confession recorded before a magistrate in October last year.
First Published: Apr 09, 2009 23:08 IST