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Lashkar Planning 26/11-Like Attacks In India; Conducting A Recruitment Drive

With the financial crisis practically over, organisations have opened doors for recruitment. Among those looking for fresh talent is the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the old and faithful enemy to India, reports Mid Day. The Pakistan-based terror outfit
PTI May 04, 2010 13:02 IST
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With the financial crisis practically over, organisations have opened doors for recruitment. Among those looking for fresh talent is the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the old and faithful enemy to India, reports Mid Day.

The Pakistan-based terror outfit has appointed a new group of people allegedly to carry out Mumbai-like attacks in various parts of India.

While the 11-member group mostly consists of already active militants, at least five of its members are either former or serving army officers from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan army.

"LeT has been maintaining a low profile for sometime, mostly because India has asked Pakistan to initiate action against its top commanders like Hafiz Saeed and Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi. But we have received intelligence inputs on its new structure which includes few serving ISI officers also," said a senior officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

He further pointed out the recent security advisory issued by the United States on the possibility of fresh attacks in India.

Though there is no change in the top leadership of the terror group, which is headed by Hafiz Saeed- the mastermind of Mumbai attack- and his deputy Lakhvi, but the hierarchy after that is sporting a new look.
Following the top commanders are three operational commanders who will plan, train and execute attacks on India.

Intelligence inputs received in Pakistan describe them as Teen Ki Tigdi or the deadly trio. Interestingly all three have been relocated from their earlier assignments to head new posts. The first name is Yusuf Muzamil who will head all LeT operations in Jammu & Kashmir; previously he was in charge of various anti-India operations.

Proximate to him is a man who has been puzzling the Indian intelligence agencies for quite a while now. Known as Rashid Abdullah alias Rehan, he has been assigned the task of carrying out Operation Karachi. "But he is involved in something more dangerous, i.e. recruiting and training Indian citizens for future attacks so that another Kasab-like fiasco does not occur," revealed the MHA official.

Operation Karachi is the programme under which the LeT planned to target all the big as well as second-tier cities in the country. David Coleman Headley- the US double agent who turned rogue- was a major player in the operation. On the other hand, the way Ajmal Amir Kasab was apprehended resulted in India getting substantial evidence of Pakistan's involvement in the plot.

"Pakistan can not afford another such goof-up and thus Abdullah has been handed the important task of recruiting local people," the official said.

Then comes the most important man in the new Lashkar hierarchy- Sajid Mir- who has been appointed the new supreme commander for all-India activities. Earlier, this post was held by Yusuf Muzamil. According to intelligence experts this was the man who chalked out a blueprint for Headley in India.

Sajid Mir alias Wasi has been described as the handler of Headley in the dossier prepared by the National Investigating Agency (NIA). He is followed by Rashid Abdullah alias Rehan, a resident of Gulistan Colony, Faisalabad who heads LeT anti-India schemes in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and UAE.

An educated man and a master brainwasher he is already wanted in Bangalore blasts case (2008). He is also accused as one of the planner of 26/11 attacks who had interacted with Kasab and others.

The dossier then again mentions Pakistani army officer Major Syed Mohammad Abdur Rehman Hashmi alias ARS and Major Sameer Ali. Major Syed joined LeT after taking retirement from army and is holding the post of Harkat uL Jehadi al Islami (HUJI) chief under the new scheme.