Indicting Pakistan for its complicity in the 26/11 terror attack, India has named a suspected serving Pakistan ISI officer, Major Iqbal, as one of the five persons, consisting of top Lashkar-e-Tayyaba commanders, who were involved in the planning and execution of the Mumbai attacks. The five accused, identified as Major Iqbal, Sajid Mir, Mazhar Iqbal and Abu Qahafa and an unnamed individual as “Lashkar Member D”, have been charged by the US as alleged conspirators behind the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes. “Major Iqbal” has been named along with the others in a second superseding indictment filed by the federal prosecutors before a court in Chicago on April 25 last.
The four men identified were previously mentioned but not named in the indictments that charged Pakistani-American David Headley and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana in connection with the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people, including six Americans.
According to an Indian dossier, Major Iqbal was posted in Lahore from 2007 to 2008 and was handling Headley. The dossier says that Headley used to give all the surveillance videos first to Major Iqbal and then the LeT. The National Investigation Agency has also named Maj Iqbal as an accused in the case registered by the agency pertaining to the ‘’conspiracy to target important locations in India’’.
In July 2006, Major Iqbal gave Headley approximately $25,000 to, among other purposes, establish and operate the Mumbai office of First World and pay for living expenses while Headley carried out his assignments for Lashkar. It also said that Major Iqbal participated in planning and funding attacks carried out by LeT in Mumbai.
The dossier names Sajid Majeed as the key planner of 26/11. He was LeT’S main handler of Headley and was also personally involved in the training and briefing of the ten terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks. It says that Sajeed was most probably present in the Lashkar control room in Karachi during 26/11 and India has sought his voice samples from Pakistan. Asian Age