April 3rd, 2012
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US announces 10 million $ reward for 26/11 master mind

Hafiz-SaeedNew Delhi: The US has announced a reward of $10 million for the capture or information leading to the capture of the outlawed Pakistan based Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed- the man believed to be the mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks. This has added pressure on the Pakistan government to act. US Under-Secretary of Political Affairs Wendy Sherman conveyed this information during her talks with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.

“India welcomes U.S. notification under the Rewards for Justice Programme. (It) sends a strong signal to LeT as also its members and patrons that the international community remains united in combating terrorism,” MEA Official Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

Saeed who is the the chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the founder of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba,Saeed is on India’s most wanted list. He is alleged to be the brain behind the 26/11 attacks that left 166 people dead. India since then had asked Pakistan to hand him over. He was named a global terrorist in 2008. But he roams free in Pakistan, often holding big anti-India rallies.

India has repeatedly sought his arrest, but Pakistan has each time sought “actionable” and “substantive” evidence against him before it can act. Hafiz Saeed is believed to be a powerful figure in Pakistan and allegedly has close links with the army and the ISI. Ministers have been seen at public rallies that he has held in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad.

According to the information published on the Rewards for Justice website, “Saeed is a former professor of Arabic and Engineering, as well as the founding member of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a radical Deobandi Islamist organization dedicated to installing Islamist rule over parts of India and Pakistan, and its military branch, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. Saeed is suspected of masterminding numerous terrorist attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 166 people, including six American citizens.”

The US government will also offer $3 million for the capture of Abdul Rahman Makki, Saeed’s brother-in-law who is another senior functionary of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. There is also a $25 million bounty on Ayman al Zawahiri, Qaeda’s new chief after Osama bin Laden was killed. With this Saeed joins the ranks of Taliban leader Mullah Omar and the al Qaeda chiefs of Iran and Iraq, all of whom carry a reward of $10 million.



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