March 2007 News

Lashkar Founder Dials Geelani As India, Pak Begin Terror Meeting

6 March 2007
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Banned militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba's founder Hafeez Muhammad Saeed today spoke to Kashmir hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to inquire about his health. Geelani's lone kidney has tested positive for malignancy. Saeed called Geelani in J&K and 'expressed concern' over his health, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an organisation founded by Saeed and seen as the parent of the LeT, said in a release from Lahore. The Lashkar founder's name tops the list of men wanted for the 2001 terror attack on Parliament, forwarded by India to Pakistan. Saeed spoke to Geelani as officials of the two countries held the first meeting of the Joint Mechanism on Terrorism here. Hinting at involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the Samjhauta Express blasts, Indian officials handed over a photo of a suspected Pakistani national believed to be involved in the terror attack and sought Islamabad's cooperation in tracking him down. The photograph of an unclaimed body, recovered from the site of the Mumbai train blasts on July 11 last year, was also given to Pakistan with the expectation that Islamabad will help identify him. The man is suspected to have been involved in the blasts that killed 186 commuters and injured nearly 800. New Delhi also gave more evidence of involvement of Pakistan-based terror groups in the blasts in Delhi, Hyderabad and Varanasi and the attack on the makeshift temple in Ayodhya, officials said. Additional proof was given after Pakistan responded to the evidence given by India with regard to these four incidents during the Foreign Secretary-level talks in Delhi on November 14-15. The Indian delegation to the talks which end tomorrow is led by K C Singh, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, while the hosts are led by his Pakistan counterpart Tariq Osman Hyder.


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