26-11: Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed chargsheeted for first time

26 February 2009
The Hindustan Times

Mumbai: For the first time, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has been named in a chargesheet for his suspected role in hatching the criminal conspiracy to execute the Mumbai terror strikes. Mumbai Police, which filed a 11,280-page chargesheet on Wednesday before a magistrate, has named 59-year-old Saeed as the first accused wanted for his suspected role in planning the unprecedented attack on the country's financial hub. This is for the first time that Hafiz Saeed has been named in a chargesheet, a move that will pave the way for approaching Interpol for issuance of a red corner notice against him. In its voluminous chargesheet, the Mumbai Police said that Saeed was among the 35 people who 'aided and abetted' in providing military precision-like planning and training between 2007 and 2008 end at Muridke (LeT headquarters), Manshera, Muzzafarabad, Azizabad, Paanch Teni in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Saeed founded the LeT alongwith Zafar Iqbal in Kunar province of Afghanistan in 1989. Lashkar is a banned organisation in India, Pakistan, the US, the UK, Russia and Australia. The European Union has also banned the outfit. An offshoot of markaz-ud-Dawatul-Irshad, Lashkar renamed itself as Jamat-ud-Dadwa, which was also banned by the United Nations.