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US court summons ISI chief Pasha,LeT’s Hafiz Saeed

A US court has issued summons to senior ISI officials including its powerful chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Written by Agencies | Washington |
November 25, 2010 12:17:27 am

A US court has issued summons to senior ISI officials including its powerful chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha,along with Mumbai attack masterminds and LeT leaders Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi in response to a lawsuit filed by relatives of two American victims accusing them of providing material support for the 26/11 attacks.

The 26-page lawsuit was filed before a New York Court on November 19 against the Inter-Services Intelligence and Lashkar-e-Toiba by the relatives Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka,who were both gunned down by militants at the Chhabad House in Mumbai.

Their son Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny in the tragedy. The 26-page lawsuit accusing ISI of aiding and abetting LeT in the slaughter of 166 people was filed before a New York Court on November 19,following which the Brooklyn court issued summons to Major Samir Ali,Azam Cheema,Inter-Services Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,Major Iqbal,Lakhvi,Lashkar-e-Toiba,Sajid Majid,Pasha,Saeed and Nadeem Taj.

“The ISI has long nurtured and used international terrorist groups,including LeT,to accomplish its goals and has provided material support to LeT and other international groups,” said the lawsuit filed by relatives of the slain Rabbi.

Pasha,who has been director general of the ISI since September 2008,has been summoned,so has Nadeem Taj,the director general of ISI from September 2007 to September 2008. Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali are other ISI officers to have been issued summons.

The one of its kind lawsuit also brings as defendants Lashkar operatives like operations commander Lakhvi,JuD chief Saeed,and Azam Cheema. “The Mumbai terrorist attack was planned,trained for and carried out by members of defendant LeT. Defendant ISI provided critical planning,material support,control and coordination of the attacks,” the lawsuit alleges.

It accuses ISI officers Pasha,Taj,Iqbal and Ali of being purposefully engaged in the direct provision of material support or resources including weapons and explosives.

“On and prior to November 26,2008,ISI,Pasha,Taj,Iqbal and Ali… directed,engaged and/or relied upon the efforts of US-based individuals,including but not limited to Headley and Rana,for raising funds,building a network of connections,recruiting participants and planning the operation of the Mumbai terror attack,” the lawsuit claims.

It names Muridke,Manshera and Muzaffarabad as centres of training camps operated by the LeT. It also says that Pakistani American LeT operative David Headley,who has already pleaded guilty for his role in the plotting of the attack,built a network of connections from Chicago to Pakistan,undertaking these efforts at the direction and with the material support of both LeT and the ISI.

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