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Lashkar-e-Taiba

Lashkar-e-Taiba, literally Army of the Righteous, also transliterated as Lashkar-i-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba or Lashkar-i-Taiba) is one of the largest and most active Islamist militant organizations in South Asia. The group was formed in 1980s by the Pakistani Army to fight a proxy war against India in Kashmir. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed founded the organization in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba is currently based near Lahore, Pakistan and operates several militant training camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Lashkar-e-Taiba members have carried out major attacks against India and its primary objective is to end Indian rule in Kashmir. Some breakaway Lashkar members have also been accused for carrying out attacks in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi, to mark its opposition to the policies of Pervez Musharraf. The organization is banned as a terrorist organization by India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and Australia. According to some sources, Laskar-e-Taiba renamed itself to Jamaat al-Dawat in January 2002 to escape the ban imposed by the Pakistani government.

Jammat-ud-Daawa

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is the political wing on LeT. In January 09, Pakistan Government announced it had widened its crackdown on banned terror organization under consistent pressure from India and West to act more decisively against the groups operating from its soil. David Miliband said that Pakistan has fundamental responsibility to tackle the roots of LeT.

Terror Plots

2015

On 5 December 2015, it was revealed that the Delhi police has busted Lashkar-e-Taiba terror plot in Delhi and other parts of India. The police filed a complaint on December 1 to an anti-terror court that there is a possibility of 'fidayeen strike' in Delhi and several parts of the country. LeT has plotted to carry out suicide terror attacks in Delhi on prominent personalities and in crowded places. According to the police, two suspected Lashkar operatives Dujana and Ujana have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

October 08

LeT commander Moeen was killed in J-K encounter with security forces in Pulwama District.

December 08

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s Adviser on Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik said that India sought only three terrorist suspects and not twenty as reported by the media.

Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in news

Terror plot foiled, Bangalore police arrest 11 with suspected terror links
Bangalore city police commissioner says a major catastrophe has been averted in Karnataka following the arrests

India to raise Jundal’s issue during Pak Foreign Secretary’s visit
The Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani, will arrive here today on a three-day day visit during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai.

Yasin Malik wants Kashmir issue to be prime focus of Indo-Pak talks
The chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Tuesday said that he would like both India and Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue very seriously so that future generations do not continue to suffer.

Pakistan’s support to Kashmiri separatists is preposterous
Jalil Abbas Jilani, the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan is expected in New Delhi for a meeting with his Indian counterpart, Ranjan Mathai, on July 4 and 5, as a part of the ongoing dialogue.

Lashkar gave first lessons in terrorism to Jundal in Nepal
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is reported to have given Sayed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal, a prize catch in 26/11 terror case, his first lessons in terrorism in Nepal.

BJP asks Centre to investigate about those providing shelter to Jundal
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asked the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre to inquire as to where did 26/11 handler Abu Jundal stay and from which political leaders did he get shelter.

Jundal’s arrest an “important development” in 26/11 investigations: P. Chidambaram
Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday called the arrest of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and the alleged 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal “an important development as far as the investigation is concerned”.

Abu Jundal’s mother claims her son is innocent
Rehana Begum, the mother of Abu Jundal, an alleged conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has said that her son is innocent and has not been associated with any militant organisation.

India not interested in slanging match with Pak: Krishna
A day after Pakistan’s Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik dismissed India’s assertion of ‘state support’ to the terrorists behind 26/11 massacre, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday New Delhi does not want to get into any kind of slanging match with Islamabad, and added that there is a need to look at the brighter side.

‘State actors supported 26/11 massacre’: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said India has got enough information that there was state support for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Abu Jundal’s arrest an achievement: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday described the arrest of key Mumbai terror attack suspect and Indian Mujahideen terrorist Abu Jundal as an achievement.

CBR terrorism a clear danger to India: ORF-RUSI Study
There is a clear danger to India from CBR (Chemical, Biological and Radiological materials) terrorism due to the known intentions of terrorist groups active within India’s borders, according to a new research study.

LeT module busted in Poonch, four arrested
Police in Poonch district have busted a militant module belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Sunday, arresting four operatives involved in providing logistical support to the group and recovered a cache of arms from their possession.

India will raise Hafiz Saeed issue with Pak: R.K.Singh
Union Home Secretary R.K.Singh on Thursday said that India will raise the issue of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed at the secretary-level talks to be held later this month in Islamabad.

Pak must lunch serious probe into Mumbai attacks to prevent further global isolation: Report
If Pakistan wants to avoid being a completely isolated country it has no choice, but to launch a serious investigation into the Mumbai terror attacks and punish those who were involved in the heinous act, according to a report.

Jundal Case: Pakistan rubbishes India’s state actors role in 26/11 strike
The Pakistan Government on Wednesday dismissed India’s charge of Pakistani state institutions being involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

U.S. renews call for ‘Osama doc’ Afridi’s release
The United States has renewed its call for the immediate release of Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years in prison by a Pakistani court after he was found ‘guilty’ of helping the CIA trace Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

Krishna calls on Pak to stop Hafiz Saeed’s ‘hate India campaign’ from its soil
India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, is still using Pakistan for a “hate India campaign”.

Is Indian troop pullback from Pak border to peacetime locations by year-end in offing?
According to Pakistan media reports, the Indian government is likely to pull back troops from what they call ‘wartime positions’ to which the troops were moved at the working boundary with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

US subcommittee on foreign operations mulls making aid for Pak subject to conditions
A subcommittee of the United States, which oversees the State Department and several international programs and agencies, is reportedly mulling making economic and or security assistance for Pakistan subject to approval from the Secretary of State.

NIA charge sheets Headley, Hafiz Saeed, two ISI officers
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday chargesheeted Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley, Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed and two Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officers for plotting terror attacks in India, including the 26/11 strikes.

Arms and ammunition recovered in Poonch during police search
Based on intelligence inputs, a Special Operation Group of the state police conducted an extensive search in Sheen Dara region of Poonch District of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Arms and ammunition unearthed in joint operations in Kashmir
In a joint operation, state police and jawans of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), raided a militant hideout and seized a cache of arms and ammunition from a forest area in Rajouri region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Gujarat HC orders CBI to probe Ishrat Jehan encounter case
The Gujarat High Court announced on Thursday that it would be directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct the probe in the Ishrat Jehan encounter case, as it could not trust the state police to do a fair and credible investigation.

Humanity still shivers when recalling 26/11 Mumbai attacks: Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that humanity could not forget 26/11 ever, and added that measures should be taken to improve maritime security to avert such attacks in the future.

Israel blames Pak, Iran of using terrorists as proxies to promote fanatic political aims
Countries like Pakistan, and Iran should ‘not be allowed’ to use terrorists as proxies to promote their fanatic political aims, a spokesman of the Israeli embassy in New Delhi has said.

Pak should stand firm on Islamic theory to warn US, India: Jama’at-Ud-Da’wah chief
Pakistan-based miltant group Jama’at-Ud-Da’wah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has said that if the country strictly adheres to its fundamental Islamic theory, it will send a tough message for both India and the US.

Pak man pleads guilty for providing material support to LeT
A Pakistani man living in the United States has pleaded guilty to providing material support to the feared Islamist militant Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit.

Rehman Malik optimistic about sending judicial commission to India within a week
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has expressed hope about sending a judicial commission to New Delhi within a week, after completion of official procedure, to expedite the trial of the accused in the 2008 militant attack case in Mumbai.

Pak Islamists protest against steps to improve trade ties with India
Hundreds of Islamist activists in the Pakistani-administered Kashmir demonstrated against the government’s decision to take steps to improve trade with India on Friday.

FBI failed to act on Headley’s wife’s terror link expose 3 yrs before Mumbai attacks
The key figure in the Mumbai attacks David Coleman Headleys wife had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at least three years before the November 2008 attack, that he was undergoing terrorist training in Pakistan, but the US failed to act on the tip off. ANI

New Delhi turned into a fortress ahead of CWG closing ceremony
With reports that Pakistan based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba is planning to attack New Delhi during the build-up to the closing ceremony of the XIXth Commonwealth Games, the city has been turned into a fortress with more than thousand extra police personnel and soldiers deployed to keep a hawk-eye vigil. ANI

Lashkar planning 26/11 style attack on Delhi ahead of CWG closing ceremony
Pakistan based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba is planning to attack Delhi on Thursday during the build-up to the closing ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, according to Indian intelligence. ANI

LeT militant killed in Sopore
A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed and his guide was arrested from Lathishot area of Sopore on Saturday night in a joint operation of Sopore Police and 22 Rashtriya Rifles. ANI

26/11 Case: NIA secures Interpol Red Corner notice against 2 Pak army majors
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has secured an Interpol Red Corner Notice against two serving Pakistani Army majors and three others for their alleged role in the November 2008 Mumbai terror strike that claimed 166 lives. ANI

Large-scale terror attack on Delhi CWG ‘unlikely’: Oz think tank
Indian security forces will probably prevent a large-scale terror attack on the Delhi Commonwealth Games, but small attacks are highly possible, a Sydney-based think tank has said. ANI

Al Qaeda plot to kidnap British athletes, fans during Delhi Games unearthed
A plot to target or kidnap British athletes and fans coming to India for the 2010 Commonwealth Games has emerged over their countrys support to the war in Afghanistan. ANI

Lashkar-e-Toiba preparing to attack India from coast: Pillai
Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai on Monday warned that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (Let) militant outfit is planning to attack key installations in the country from the Indian coastline. ANI

Pak wants progress in 26/11 Mumbai attack case: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that his country wants progress in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case, and would extend every possible cooperation to India to take things forward. ANI

Activists of Muslim voluntary forum protest Madanis arrest by Karnataka police
Over 300 activists of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), a Muslim voluntary forum, staged a protest here on Monday against the Karnataka Police for arresting Abdul Nasser Madani, leader of the regional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). ANI

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir - The External Dimension
Since the day the Radcliffe Award was announced, Pakistan has tried every trick in the book to wrest Kashmir from India. Whether it was to send in raiders in 1947 or infiltrators in 1965, whether it was training and sending in militants since the late 1980s or Kargil in 1999, Pakistan has pursued a single-minded policy on Kashmir. ANI

Rajouri encounter against militants ends after three days
An encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmirs Rajouri District finally came to an end on Monday, but not before an army soldier and a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant were killed. ANI

US places Lashkar in five Pakistan-based most dangerous bad guy groups
The terror group responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Toiba, has been put in five Pakistan-based most dangerous bad guy groups, who pose a serious threat to the war against terror in Afghanistan, according to a top US official. ANI

Gujarat High Court transfers Ishrat Jahan case to Supreme Court-appointed SIT
The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Ishrat Jahans mother, Shamima Kausars, plea to transfer the encounter-related case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). ANI

Militants can exploit Pak flood-affected peoples misery, warns UN envoy
UN Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, Jean-Maurice Ripert, has warned that militants, including activists from the banned terror group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), can take advantage of the countrys worst humanitarian disaster by operating among its displaced victims. ANI

Now, banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa attempts to forcibly occupy Lahore mosque
Activists of the banned terror group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), considered the front face of Lashkar-e-Toiba, have reportedly tried to forcibly occupy a mosque in Lahore. ANI

JuD openly involved in flood relief efforts despite UN ban
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), considered as a front for the terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba, can be seen providing relief to Pakistan flood victims despite ban from the United Nations. ANI

Gadkari blames UPA Govt. of CBIs misuse
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday slammed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government for misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the Opposition parties. ANI

CBI pressurized by Central Government: Venkaiah Naidu
Reacting to the statement of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh that the Centre has no role has no role to play in the Sohrabuddin case probe, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has become a political arm of the Central Government. ANI

Amit Shah likely to appear before media as CBI seeks trial outside Gujarat
Former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to address media persons sometime today, even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continues to pursue him in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. ANI

Resignation of Amit Shah too little too late: Congress
The Congress party on Saturday said the resignation of Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah charged with murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter is too little too late. ANI

Sohrabuddin case: Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah resigns
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Home Minister Amit Shah charged with murder in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case has tendered his resignation. ANI

Foreign Secretary Rao meets Pillai
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has met Home Secretary G K Pillai in connection with the Indo-Pak talks held recently. ANI

BJP leaders boycott Prime Ministers lunch
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Friday refused to attend Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs lunch in protest against the CBI summoning Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah for questioning on 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. ANI

Sohrabuddin case: Gujarats Home Minister skips appointment with CBI
Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah failed to keep his date with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. ANI

Sohrabuddin case: Gujarats Home Minister to appear before CBI today
Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah will be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case today. ANI

Sohrabuddin case: Gujarats Home Minister fails to appear before CBI
Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, who had been summoned by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for questioning in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, failed to turn up on Thursday. ANI

Sohrabuddin fake encounter case: CBI summons Gujarats Home Minister
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday issued summons to Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah for questioning in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. ANI

Nexus between terrorists, official establishments getting stronger: Menon
National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon today cautioned against increasing nexus between terrorist groups and official establishments and intelligence agencies. ANI

Only one in three persons claim yearning for azadi behind J-K unrest: Poll
An opinion poll conducted by Outlook magazine has found that only one in three person has described yearning for azadi as the reason for the current unrest in the Kashmir valley. ANI

Qureshis comment on Pillai is only going to exasperate sentiments: Gul
A former director-general of Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshis recent statement equating remarks between Indian Home Secretary G.K.Pillai and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, will only vitiate political temperatures in the subcontinent and exasperate popular sentiment in either country. ANI

No question of making a comparison between Hafiz Saeed and Pillai: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday delivered a measured and mature reb*ttal to Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshis attempt to make a comparison between the statements made by Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai. ANI

Krishna refuses to comment on Pillai remarks
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday refused to offer a comment on a media view that he had failed to defend Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai soon after his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi had criticized the official for a statement on the ISIs purported role in the 26/11 attack. ANI

No time frame from Pakistan on 26/11 trials
Pakistan refused to provide a time frame to act against the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, which resulted in death of over 166 people. ANI

Indo-Pak talks - positive outcome or free-for all!
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan on Thursday may have sought to project before a global audience and their respective media that their much awaited talks here were positive, constructive and meaningful - it was anything but that. ANI

Militant killed in Poonch, gun battle continues
A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter with the Army in Beri-Rakh forest in Mendhar area of Poonch district on Thursday. ANI

Krishna says Pakistan has to dismantle terror instrumentality
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said that in order for India and Pakistan to stride towards bridging the trust deficit between the two countries, Pakistan must dismantle for good the terror instrumentality within the country. ANI

Krishna asks Pakistan to take prompt action on Headleys confession
On the eve of the Indo- Pak Foreign Ministers level talks, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna today said that India wants prompt action from Pakistan on confessions by Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Coleman Headley over the Mumbai terror attacks, and added that he was here to see what action Pakistan has taken so far. ANI

Pakistani militants want to incite Indo-Pak war: Kasuri
On the eve of Indo-Pak foreign ministers meeting slated to take place in Islamabad, Pakistans former Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri today urged both the countries not to give up the path of talks, as it would empower terrorists to veto their relations. ANI

Sushma Swaraj offers tribute to 7/11 terror attack victims in Mumbai
Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on Sunday paid homage to the victims of the 7/11 serial train blasts in Mumbai, which killed at least 187 people. ANI

Militants attack security forces in Sopore
Amid the ongoing turmoil in the Kashmir Valley, militants launched a series of attacks on security forces in Sopore. ANI

India, Pak to work together on counter-terrorism measures
India and Pakistan apparently have reiterated their commitment to work together on counter-terrorism measures, judging from the responses given by the two foreign secretaries - Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir. ANI

PML-N says no grant given to Jamaat-Al-Daawa under zero-tolerance anti-terror policy
In an incredible turn around, and tacitly admitting that the banned Jamaat-Al-Daawa outfit came under the terror group scanner, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Pervaiz Rashid has said that the Punjab government has not given any grant to the group, as it is following a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism. ANI

India open to discussing contentious issues with Pakistan
India will be going into next weeks foreign secretary-level talks with an open mind and will discuss all contentious issues if raised by Pakistan. ANI

26/11 Case: India hands over Kasabs confessional statement to Pakistan
India on Friday said that it handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Pakistan in connection with the terror attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008. ANI

26/11 Case: India hands over responses to Pakistans six dossiers
India on Friday said that it handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Pakistan in connection with the terror attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008. ANI

Indo-Pak dialogue to gain momentum in Islamabad next week
India and Pakistan are gearing up for back-to-back engagements. Foreign secretaries of both countries will be meeting in Islamabad on June 24 to prepare the ground for next months meeting between Foreign Ministers S.M.Krishna and Shah Mahmood Qureshi. ANI

Headley grilled by NIA team, answers all questions
Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toibas operative, David Coleman Headley, answered all the questions of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team in Chicago in connection with his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

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