Pakistan newspaper admits Lashkar-e-Taiba's role in Mumbai Attacks

The Friday Times newspaper article gives details, full names of the ten Pakistani terrorists of the Mumbai 26/11 attack in 2008

Surinder Singh Oberoi
21 Jan 2023
Pakistan newspaper admits Lashkar-e-Taiba's role in Mumbai Attacks

Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed (File photo)

New Delhi: An interesting feature on the terrorist group that attacked Mumbai in 2008 has been featured in the Pakistan newspaper The Friday Times, accepting that the repercussions of their actions, especially for Pakistan, continue to this day.

It also gives the names of all the Pakistani terrorists involved in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, where around 165 civilians were killed.

The newspaper feature appeared just a couple of days after the mastermind of the attack LeT terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki was declared a global terrorist by the United Nations, and the Pakistani Prime Minister in an interview with the Gulf newspaper last week said that Pakistan is ready for a sincere dialogue with India."

India has been insisting, along with pieces of evidence, that the key conspirator of the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks is Lashkar Chief Hafiz Saeed, who continues to remain "protected and unpunished" by Pakistan.

Pakistan has been rejecting the allegations saying Islamabad would require "irrefutable and legally tenable evidence" for the "efficient disposal" of the case. Hafiz remains the most wanted terrorist.

Tariq Ali, a columnist in Pakistan, writes, "Perhaps the most lethal and well-organised militant group ensconced in Pakistan is the Lashkar-e-Taiba, led by the world-famous jihadi Hafiz Saeed."

The article further says, "Under international pressure, this group was banned by the Pakistani government in 2002 and later emerged under a new name called Jamat-ud-Dawa."

Giving names and details of the attack in Mumbai, the article says, "This militant group was responsible for planning and executing the attack on the city of Mumbai on November 26 2008.

The Pakistan newspaper article accepts that the terrorists were Pakistanis and trained in Pakistan, and were radicalised. In the details, the newspaper feature says that the terrorists left the shores of Karachi in a small boat and then shifted to a larger vessel called Al-Husseini on the high seas.

"On November 22, they hijacked an Indian fishing trawler, murdered the entire crew and continued their journey to Mumbai. Near the shore of Mumbai, they jumped into two small inflatable boats and landed at two different spots in the southern part of Mumbai."

The terrorist was armed to the teeth and carried AK-56 assault rifles, 9mm pistols and hand grenades. In addition, they held mobile phones and IEDs.

After reaching shore, they split up into four groups: One with four men and three with two men each.

First Team - One two-terrorist team comprised the lone survivor terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir (aka Qasab, alias Abu Mujahid from Okara) and his partner Ismail Khan (alias Abu Ismail from Dera Ismail Khan).

Amir and Khan took a taxi to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai's central train station. Considerable detail is now known about this attack team because Amir was arrested, and in late July 2009, he made a lengthy confession about the team.

The newspaper article says that Amir, in his confession, claimed that they had been instructed to take hostages and escape to nearby buildings where they were supposed to contact their operational commander, Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi.

A second team – consisting of Nasir, alias Abu Umar from Faisalabad and Babar Imran, alias Abu Akasha from Multan – proceeded to Nariman House, a centre run by the international Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement. They took thirteen hostages. Both terrorists were killed following an airdropping of National Security Guard commandos.

A third two-terrorist team – Abdul Rahman, alias Abdul Rahman Chhota, from Multan and Fahadullah, alias Abu Fahad, from Okara – travelled from the landing site to the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, where they, too, began killing indiscriminately. The siege at this hotel lasted for some 17 hours before the terrorists were killed.

The fourth terrorist team - It was the largest and was comprised of Hafeez Arshad (alias Bada Abdul Rahman from Multan); Javed (alias Abu Ali from Okara); Shoaib (alias Abu Soheb from Sialkot); and Nazeer (alias Abu Umer from Faisalabad). The team briefly entered the Leopold Café, a popular sidewalk restaurant, where they killed ten people with automatic weapons. The team next moved to the rear entrance of the nearby Taj Hotel. All of the attackers were at last killed by the Indian commandos.

The newspaper says that Pakistan's use of religion-inspired terrorists as a tool of foreign policy dates back to the very first skirmish with India, the Kashmir conflict in 1948.

"Militant groups founded on a religious ideology have been active in and outside Pakistan for the last seven decades and represent a negative and ugly face for the country."

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