Imran Games Give Fresh Lease.


Mumbai Nov 27:It was five months ago, Pakistan detained Prof Hafeez Saeed the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack, also known as India’s 26/11. What happened to him since then remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The Pakistani media is silent. So is the official agency engaged in counter terrorism.

As Sebastian Rotella reports in ProPublica, Hafiz Saeed is hardly on the run.He remains a powerful, high-profile figure who oversees a network armed militants while nursing his political ambitions. During the last decade, he was detained at least three times, but he was ultimately released without charges or exonerated by the courts. His commander Zaki-ur-Rehman, who was the hands-on manager of Mumbai attack faced court trial at the heavily-guarded Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi no doubt but the court has not pronounced the judgement for the past nine years.

Clearly it is grossly naïve to see July detention of the LeT chief, as a paradigm shift in Pakistan policy. It was a farcical ritual that sees no follow up. More over Saeed faces charges of terrorist financing and diversion of funds from charities, rather than involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

“If Pakistan wanted to send a stronger message, they would arrest individuals indicted by the Americans for killing Americans,” says Jason Blazakis, a US counter-terrorism expert, who is presently a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

His reference is to the fact that U.S. prosecutors had charged Lashkar leaders including Sajid Mir, accused of being the operational mastermind of the plot, as well as a Pakistani intelligence officer in the deaths of six Americans in the assault on Mumbai. Pakistan has never arrested Mir, despite strong evidence of involvement and whereabouts and pressure from the U.S. law enforcement.

So, no surprise, Hafeez Saeed and his Lashkar-e-Toiba fighters are off the radar. Any how these non-state actors are the darlings of the Army, which is the permanent establishment of the country. Ipso facto it means Saeed and co are untouchables for Imran Khan who is widely seen as the Army selected Prime Minister.Simultaneously, American efforts over the past decade to stymie the Saeed stride have lost steam to the dismay of counter terrorism experts at home and abroad who have been expecting Washington to walk the talk on Pakistani’s key terrorist facilitators, who worked closely with a well-known backer of Al-Qaeda, LeT, and the Taliban.

The US Treasury’s decision to place Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorists’ is reduced to no more than a talking point, though all the three Pakistanis are tied to Shaykh Aminullah, who has been on international terror blacklists since 2009.

Shaykh Aminullah turned the Ganj madrassa, a boy’s school in Peshawar, into a training and recruiting base by Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba. The three men were involved in providing financial and logistical support, explosives, and technological aid to the extremist groups. Rahman Zeb has been in charge of raising funds and materials for Lashkar-e-Taiba in the Gulf region, and helped Shaykh Aminullah travel to the Gulf in 2014. Hizb Ullah was involved in Shaykh Aminullah´s seminary and helped him on various trips to the Gulf. Dilawar arranged Aminullah’s travels around Pakistan and handled his correspondence and financial transactions.

Neither the US Treasury nor the State Department has commented on the new turn of events in their quest to checkmate LeT. Also there is no official take on how the Afghan turn would impact the decision to place Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a charity associated with Hafeez Saeed on the US blacklist of terror organisations. “LeT has attempted to use FIF as a way to evade scrutiny. This designation will help put to an end to that attempted evasion,” the State Department’s coordinator for counter terrorism, had said in a statement on 25 November 2010.

Put simply, just when the world is approaching yet another anniversary of 26/11 as a grim reminder of the threat from Islamist militants nurtured in Pakistan, pressure on Pakistan seems to have eased. President, Donald Trump, has gone back on his own assessment of Pakistan as the terror centres in the world. There is less talk today of state-sponsorship of terror by Pakistan though for rogue Pakistan, it is the summum bonum of its foreign policy.

Why are the human rights ayatollahs are shy of acknowledging the proven terrorist training and infiltration into Kashmir that has been acknowledged by Pakistani leaders from Pervez Musharraf to Imran Khan.

Also the reality check that Imran Khan has exhibited no concern whatsoever for a meaningful action against the masterminds of the 26/11 terror plot who strut across the country, baying for more Indian blood, raising money and recruiting terrorists with aplomb.

The unadulterated reality is that as Pakistan remains unrepentant and the perverts in the country are gearing up to ‘celebrate’ November 26 as the day they had attacked India’s financial capital. Whereas India needs to reiterate the world once again, how perpetrators of 26/11 still freely roam around in Pakistan with no remorse whatsoever.