State Of Siege: 26/11 is an upcoming ZEE5 Original which shows what happened in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack from National Security Guards’ (NSG) perspective. The series is produced and created by Abhimanyu Singh and is based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book – Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11. The thriller web series features Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Mukul Dev, Vivek Dahiya, Tara Alisha Berry, Sid Makkad, Vikram Gaikwad, Avinash Wadhwan amongst others. The series will premiere from 20 March, 2020.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was the alleged mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks that took place in 2008. A closer relative of LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Lakhvi played a major role behind planning and executing the entire plan on Mumbai. Several people got injured during the attack while more than 166 people were killed. The cops immediately arrested Lakhvi but his trails in Pakistani anti-terrorism court went on a slow pace.
Here are five things you need to know about Lakhvi.
Lakhvi who is 60-years-old was born in Okara district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. Terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab hailed from the same district. In 1990s Lakhvi was a member of the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, the main body of LeT. During that period, Lakhvi worked at the main centre at Muridke near Lahore. The officials even informed that Lakhvi was the most active person who was involved in fighting for Jammu- Kashmir and planned every move of LeT. Lakhvi was arrested immediately after the Mumbai attacks when Pakistani soldiers raided a LeT camp on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. Lakhvi and his gang were arrested in charges of planning and executing the entire operations in the state. The officials even got to know that Lakhvi was present in the LeT control room in Karachi and gave instruction to the attackers.
Lakhvi was being jailed from December 2008 to April 2015 but still planned the operations and commanded his gang. He even had access to mobile phones and the internet and he used to keep an eye on the activities of militants. Lakhvi’s wife was allowed to stay with him in jail. Lakhvi was kept in the jail which had several rooms which were next to jailer’s office in Adiala jail. Lakhvi used to get 100 visitors every day who would meet him even without seeking permission from authorities.
The judge who conducted the trial of Lakhvi was changed several times as they used to get threats from extremists. The Federal Investigation Agency hired a prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar but he was assassinated in Islamabad in May 2013. Lakhvi stays in Islamabad but after his trial, he has been staying in an undisclosed location.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
The mastermind behind 26/11 was Hafiz Mohammad Saeed who is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD). The operations were majorly performed from Pakistan. Saeed was born in Sargodha, Punjab and his father was a farmer. Saeed lost 36 members from his family during migrating from Hisar, Haryana to Lahore during the partition of India. He was named Hafiz as he memorized the Quran during his childhood and was well versed with the verses on jihad. He has a Masters degree in Islamic studies. In 1987, Saeed made a group named Markaz Dawa-Wal-Irshad and he spawned the jihadist group LeT in 1990. His primary target was Jammu and Kashmir and during a rally, he even said that “There cannot be any peace while India remains intact. Cut them, cut them so much that they kneel before you and ask for mercy.”
Saeed’s son Talha Saeed is the Lashkar-e-Taiba second-in-command and controls the finances of the organisation. After the 26/11 attack, the Indian officials accused Saeed and his organisation for the attack but he denied. In 2008, Saeed was placed under house arrest when the UN declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa to be a LeT front. But India was not happy with Pakistan’s decision. Later in 2009, the Pakistani government filed an appeal of the court’s decision. In 2009, Saeed was again placed under house arrest by Pakistani authorities. In October 2009, Saeed was set free by Lahore High Court and even declared that Jama’at-ud-Da’wah is not a banned organisation.
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