Why am I not surprised? The ringleader of the Islamofascist terrorists who plotted to bomb UK planes is an affiliate of Jaish-e-Mohammed,Â the terror group thatÂ killed and beheaded journalist Daniel Pearl. Rashid Rauf who authorities believe to be the ringleader, is affiliated with Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.
NEW DELHI: Rashid Rauf, believed to be the ringleader of the foiled plot to blow up at least 10 US-bound flights from the UK, is affiliated with Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, responsible for many terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in India, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting Pakistani officials.
Jaish-e-Mohammed, closely associated with Al Qaida, has been officially labelled a terrorist group by the US government and is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Its precursor organisation, Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, trained in Al Qaida camps in Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, Pakistani authorities arrested Rashid, a young British citizen of Pakistani descent wanted on charges of murdering his uncle in 2002. Soon thereafter, the British police moved in to break up a terrorist cell that was planning to cause midflight explosions. One of those rounded up by the British police was Rashid’s brother Tayib, who lives in Birmingham
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India is also on their highest terror alert ever, they are expecting car bombers on their Independence Day.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police raised the cityâ€™s security alert several notches higher than ever before with intelligence inputs pointing to a threat of a fidayeen or car bomb attack in the run-up to Independence Day, sending 10,000 personnel on a terror hunt.
Outlining the security threat that the city faced from the most dreaded face of terror – the suicide bomber – Special Commissioner of Police Ajay Chadha said: “We have got a few specific and a number of general intelligence inputs. But the threat is highest of a possible attack from a fidayeen or car bomb.”
The involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in the aborted plot to target flights out Londonâ€™s Heathrow airport has brought the focus on the desperate lengths to which anti-India terror outfits can go, besides highlighting their global reach.
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While the exact nature and date of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafeez Sayeed’s “arrest” is not known, reports in Pakistani media make it clear that Musharraf’s regime was forced to restrict his movement two days after British police closed in on the plotters.
That Saeed has been upset with Musharraf’s refusal to sever his links with the US and was supposed to be among the main speakers at an anti-government rally scheduled to coincide with Pakistan’s Independence Day on Monday, was only the contributory factor.
The development is fraught. LeT is held to be responsible for the overwhelming majority – close to 80% – of anti-India terror strikes. While it never made bones about its desire to be part of the global web of terror, it was seen as focused on India till its activists were seized in Iraq and its cells uncovered in Virginia, US, and Australia.
Its complicity in what has been called a plot to commit mass murder on an “unimaginable scale”, is sure to help India when it makes the case that the campaign of terror being carried out against it was part of the larger fundamentalist terror.