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India Urges For Extradition Of Suspected Mastermind Of Mumbai Attacks

Sajid Mir

India is seeking the extradition of a top Pakistani militant. As arrested based on suspicion of planning the 2008 Mumbai attacks, according to a government spokesperson.

History Of Attacks

India and the US have both indicted Sajid Mir, of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group. This is for the three-day attacks on hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre which left 166 people dead. The US State Department’s 2019 report on terrorism said Pakistan took action against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed last year. But, had continued to provide safe harbour to other top militant leaders.

It said one of those other leaders was Mir, the ‘project manager’ of the Mumbai attack. The officials have enough evidence to believe he is still free in Pakistan. An Indian official said the Government had repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Mir. He was charged with serving as chief planner and controller of the attacks, directing preparations and reconnaissance.

Mumbai Attacks

Multiple Attempts At Extradition

The Indian officials have asked before, and are demanding again, he needs to be handed over the official said.  The FBI has posted a reward of $US5 million ($7.2 million) for information leading to Mir’s capture. He is also in the wanted list for a plot against a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

The US State Department has designated Lashkar-e-Taiba as a foreign terrorist organisation. The group aims to drive India out of the disputed region of Kashmir and establish an Islamic state across Kashmir, Pakistan, and India. Washington’s annual terrorism report said Pakistan was doing too little to counter terrorist groups, particularly those aiming for rival India and the Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan.

What the US Thinks

But Pakistan has repeatedly rejected US allegations that it is a safe haven for militants, saying it has prosecuted the leadership of several such groups. And Islamabad bristled at the criticism in the US State Department report, saying it relentlessly assisted the US in brokering a peace deal with the Taliban, signed in February. Th US put Pakistan on a so-called grey list in 2018. If it is in blacklist, it will severely restrict its international borrowing.

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