New Delhi: Hafiz Saeed, Jamaat-ud Dawa chief wanted by India for plotting the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, gives terrorists a pep talk before sending them across the border into Kashmir, a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Zaibullah arrested last month has told investigators.
- Hafiz Saeed still engaged in sending terrorists from across the border
- Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Zaibullah says Hafiz gave motivating talks
- Zaibullah was arrested on April 6
Zaibullah, also known as Hamza, has also told the federal anti-terror probe agency, National Investigation Agency, that they had also started smuggling weapons into India.
Zaibullah has given the agency a detailed account of the arms training that they were put through including the two-month course about surviving in the snow-clad mountains that his group had passed,
NIA officials say they were surprised by Zaibullah's revelation about the terror group venturing into arms smuggling at a large scale, a claim that contradicts the widely-held belief that terror groups were lately relying on firearms looted from security forces.
According to NIA, an arms consignment is sent to Jammu and Kashmir with every two infiltration operations. The cargo is then taken to an area demarcated by Lashkar by porters or guides, who then cross back to Pakistan.
In an indicator of how closely Hafiz Saeed and other top terror group leaders in Pakistan were involved with the terror camps and launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Zaibullah told NIA that his batch had received two pep talks by them to keep the batch motivated.
Zaibullah was arrested after an encounter in April.
Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks in 2008, in which more than 160 people lost their lives. The international community, led by the United Nations and the United States, has declared Hafiz Saeed a global terrorist. In 2012, the US placed a $10 million bounty for evidence that could convict him.