Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hafiz Saeed - The making of a Pakistani terror icon

By announcing a bounty of 10 million dollars for 'information' on Hafiz Saeed, the US government now hopes evidence will be provided to the courts in Pakistan to finally nail the man - a terror ideologue who enjoys the protection of the Pakistan army and the ISI. All past efforts to get Pakistan to restrict his activities and have him punished for cross border terror attacks on India, especially the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, have failed. Submission of detailed dossiers on him by the Indian government hasn't led to much either. In fact, so strong is the commitment of the Pakistani establishment towards Saeed that Yusuf Gilani, Pakistan's PM, has now asked the US to provide 'concrete proof' of Saeed's terror links. 
That proof could soon be provided as Bruce Reidel, a former US official, has gone on record to say evidence has surfaced that Saeed was in touch with Osama bin Laden till his elimination in May 2011. In fact, Saeed and bin Laden had links going back to the 1980s as students in Saudi Arabia. No wonder, after the elimination of Osama bin Laden - that had stunned many jihadi leaders into silence - Saeed led a funeral prayer for the dead al-Qaeda leader. This has added to his popularity. Besides, many top honchos of Saeed's terror group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), have moved in and out of al-Qaeda , establishing interoperability between the two groups

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