India has handed over to Pakistan a fresh blacklist of its 50 most-wanted criminals, which includes hijackers, militants, terrorists and even some Pakistani army officers. India believes that all these men are hiding -- and are possibly being sheltered by internal agents -- within Pakistan.
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) chief Hafeez Saeed tops the list, which includes the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and ex-army officer, Illyas Kashmiri, who is being tipped to lead Al-Qaeda since Osama bin Laden's death.
The top 50 list remains much the same as the one released by India last year, but the order has changed with a few new inclusions like the Pakistani Army Majors involved in aiding David Coleman Headley in his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Below we take a look at the men India seek most to put behind barsâŠ
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed:
The LeT chief is the mastermind behind the Mumbai carnage that took place on that fateful November day in 2008.
Saeed, the founder of LeT, is roaming freely in the streets of Pakistan after being released from house arrest by the country's high court a few times in the last few years.
The Pakistani government had previously arrested him a couple of times after mounting international pressure forced them to. But as yet the government brought forth no criminal charges against him.
His charity organization, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), is believed to be a cover and front for Lashkar.
Pakistan's actions against LeT have been tentative at best. It only declared LeT a banned outfit after the US labeled Lashkar a terrorist outfit in 2002. Similarly, it only raised a fuss against JuD in 2008 after the UN put it place sanctions against it.
Saeed is known for his fiery, provocative speeches, which spread the extremist ideologies of LeT. It is claimed that he is the main source of recruitment for the outfit, with his speeches reeling in more gullible minds to the Lashkar cause.
LeT's rise as a major group operating in Kashmir is widely credited to Saeed's close links with the Pakistani military and ISI. Saeed's name features in almost every charge sheet India has filed against LeT for its attacks on India.
Zaki-ur-Rehman-Lakhvi: Second only in rank in the LeT hierarchy, Lakvhi is said to be in-charge of the outfit's recruitments and operations. If Saeed is the voice of the operations then Lakhvi is believed to be the managing head of LeT.
He is said to have detailed the attacks, overseen the recruitment and training of every terrorist involved in the Mumbai attacks.
India has previously claimed that Lakhvi also oversaw the recruitment of Azam Cheema, who has been accused of being the mastermind in the 2006 bombing of the Mumbai rail network, which resulted in the death of more than 200 people.
Image: Undated picture of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder and head of Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Text: Sify News Desk
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