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Is US Helpless in Bringing Perpetrators of 2008 Mumbai Attacks to Justice?

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With the recent execution of Ajmal Kasab, one of the notorious organizers of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the United States of America today reiterated that it continues to work with Indian authorities to capture the attackers and organizers of the coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai in 2008.

In an interview with Suhasini Haidar of CNN IBN in New Delhi, Under Secretary Wendy Sherman for Political Affair says rewards for Justice is one tool to say for people to come forward with information that will lead to a conviction of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was the leader of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, one of the largest and most active Islamic terrorist organizations in the world. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
"But it's only one tool. We continue our work together with Indian authorities." - Ms. Sherman

She says the US government also raises this issue with Pakistan at every instance that it can especially reports have surfaced that Hafiz Saeed remains a free man there in Pakistan.

Mr. Saeed reportedly continues to preach, he even led prayers for Ajmal Kasab.

In April 2012, the United States announced a reward of $10 million on Hafiz Saeed, for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Announced rewards go as high as $25 million for information on al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as well.

So what is the next tool for the U.S.?

Ms. Sherman cites the world has seen that when President Obama puts his mind to bringing people to justice it does happen.

"It may take time, but we do not lose focus on the importance of creating that justice." - Ms. Sherman

In U.S. courts, have convicted both Headley and Rana who have been believed to be part of the [LeT terrorist organization, she added.

She says they are now awaiting sentencing and stresses that US does not finish until the job is completely done.

In April this year, the United States of America has announced that it is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to the location of LeT's second in command, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which was designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on December 20, 2001.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the main conspirator of the Mumbai attacks of 26/11, is an international terrorist who is freely moving and publicly abusing America and India in Pakistan.

Saeed and his organization continue to spread ideology advocating terrorism, as well as virulent rhetoric condemning the United States, India, Israel, and other perceived enemies, the US Department said.

In December 10, 2008, Saeed was listed at the UN 1267/1989 al-Qa'ida Sanctions Committee as an individual associated with the al-Qaida terrorist organization and, thus, subject to international sanctions.

Saeed was born on June 5, 1950 in Punjab province, Pakistan. He has red hair and brown eyes and currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan.

Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki is Saeed's deputy and head of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba's political affairs department.

In early 2007, he reportedly provided approximately $248,000 to an LeT terrorist training camp and approximately $165,000 to an LeT-affiliated madrassa.

Makki was born around 1948 in Punjab province, Pakistan. He has a dark beard, is balding, and wears glasses.

In November 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury today targeted the financial and support networks of Pakistan-based terrorist organizations Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LET) and Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM).

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was created with the sole objective of getting independence for Kashmir, which has also started working away from its objective. This organisation is involved in killings of many innocent people in India besides the killing of a retired Pakistan Army General.

Currently, all Pak-based terrorist organisations are targeting the US, India and their interests.

Like Pakistan, the Afghanistan-based Islamic jihadis have nothing to do with true Islamic education. The main source of income for the terrorists of the Taliban ideology is poppy cultivation. This is the most dangerous drug business in the world.

Rewards for Justice has paid more than $62 million to more than 40 people who have provided credible information that has brought terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism. Established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, the program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

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