Pak used Lashkar terrorist Sajid Mir to deceive FATF
Sajid Mir is a former Pakistani army officer.
New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Tayyaba terrorist and former Pakistani army officer Sajid Mir, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on May 16, will join a long list of infamous terrorists who have been sentenced to prison but are returning home them as treatment during their arrest In Pakistan. Other terrorists who have received similar treatment include Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed, Mumbai attack planner Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, Lashkar deputy chief Abdul Rehman Makki, its media chief Yahya Mujahid and Ahmed Omar Saeed. Sheikh, who killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Mir was sentenced to prison by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore in May 2022, after being arrested in April, just two months before the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) plenary in Berlin which started on June 14.
The said condemnation of Mir was included in the file that the Pakistani team submitted to the FATF before the start of the plenary. This “achievement” played a significant role in the FATF achieving a positive outcome for Pakistan. The FATF, in its findings, said: “In particular, Pakistan has demonstrated that terrorist financing (TF) investigations and prosecutions target senior leaders and commanders of UN-designated terrorist groups and that there is a positive upward trend in the number of ML (Money laundering). ) ongoing investigations and prosecutions in Pakistan, in line with the country’s risk profile. Once the FATF conducts an on-site visit to verify Pakistan’s claims, it will begin the process to remove it from the gray list later this year.
Mir, official sources told the Sunday Guardian, was not convicted for his prominent role in the 26/11 Mumbai attack, but for engaging in “terrorist financing”.
A former member of a Pakistan-based terror group told the Sunday Guardian that Mir’s whereabouts were still known to the Pakistani military establishment after the 26/11 attack and that he could still be reached by those who contact him. knew. “He never went underground or disappeared. He was moving around Lahore, Islamabad like any other ex-Pakistani army officer,” the member said. According to him, Mir was a member active in the Pakistani Army until the early 2000s.
In addition to being wanted in India, Mir has been designated a terrorist by France and the United States. He was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. The French also found ample evidence to conclude that Mir was part of the Pakistani army establishment.
Mir was investigated by French authorities for his role as handler of French Muslim convert Willie Brigitte, who was asked to blow up Sydney’s power grid in 2003. Brigitte, born on the French island of Caribbean from Guadeloupe, was deported from Australia to France in October 2003.
Investigations into the case were led by France’s top counter-terrorism judge, Jean-Louis Bruguière, whose painful three-year investigation brought Mir onto the world stage for the first time. Mir was sentenced to 10 years in prison in absentia in 2007 after Bruguière issued an arrest warrant for him in October 2006 which was circulated worldwide by Interpol and also sent to Pakistan.
Bruguière, in his conclusions, had declared that Mir was one of the most influential terrorists of the time and a man who led terrorist operations on four continents. French officials had discovered that Mir was a major-ranking officer in Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) Directorate.
This was also confirmed by Brigitte, who spent months at the Lashkar headquarters in Muridke outside Lahore and grew up near Mir.
According to his testimony, Mir was also known as Abu Bara (Bara’s father), Uncle Bill and Sajid Bill and was always accompanied by two bodyguards and a driver.
Brigitte told officials he became convinced that Mir was also in the Pakistani army when, during Mir’s visits to check on the progress of Lashkar terrorist training, everyone from the camp chief to the soldiers of the army, treated him like a superior and saluted him. Bruguière made it clear that Sajid Mir was a high-ranking officer in the Pakistani military and “apparently was also part of the ISI”.
“Mir never died (as Pakistan claims all these years) and never left Pakistan after 11/26. He was “arrested” after 14 years and now serves in a prison that has been turned into a family place for him. This detention would also be terminated once the FATF visit was completed. It is a real tragedy that even in his case, with so much evidence against him, neither we nor other global agencies have been able to bring him to justice. The amount of evidence we have against him is enormous but we can only share it with the world to act on it, which we have done. Any action against him should come from Pakistan, which it never has,” said an official who was part of the investigation into the 11/26 attack.