Why India is desperate to get Sajid Mir
By Vicky Nanjappa | Rediff
The hunt for the mysterious Sajid Mir
will only get tougher for India as Pakistan continues to remain in denial about the existence of this man. Indian sleuths do not expect Pakistan or its dreaded ISI to tell them the truth about this man.
is the handler of the terrorists who carried out the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai.
was constantly on the phone with the terrorists during the attack and goaded them to mercilessly kill people.
India has been making consistent efforts to get information regarding Mir
The latest bit of information from Pakistan is strange.
Pakistan authorities say that the only Mir
that they know is a religious leader.
is a cleric and has never been associated with the army or any other major establishment in Pakistan.
But India is looking for information on Mir
since at the moment is more important than any other person involved in this plot.
India was looking to interrogate Saeed in order to get a clear picture on Mir
, his antecedents and whereabouts.
India's tryst to get its hands on Mir
commenced four days after the 26/11 attack.
Although the voice samples took a while to ascertain, it was based on intercepts and other sources of intelligence that the name of Mir
came out in the open.
Six months after the attack there was immense pressure on Pakistan to make arrests in connection with this attack and at that point of time they had claimed that Mir
too had been taken into custody.
However an expose later revealed that they had arrested someone else.
Later it was announced that they had got the wrong man.
The IB says that this is one big bluff on part of Pakistan.
they say that Mir
is just an ordinary cleric in Pakistan.
If this was the case, why did they make an arrest and tell the world that the man who was picked up was Mir
India has made various attempts to get some clarity on Mir
However as was reported earlier the confusion regarding his
name still remains.
In some circles he
is known as Sajid Mir
and in some as Sajid Majid.
On the other hand, the US media says that he
was part of the Pakistan army
and continues to be well connected with the establishment.
However, these facts too are not adding up since there is still confusion regarding his
India maintains that he joined the Lashkar when he was 16 years old.
However it is unclear how he
made the transition into the Pakistan army
as an officer after that.
India says that Mir
is a global operative, wanted in several cases round the world.
conviction in absentia by a French court a few years back is a testimony to India's claims.
The Intelligence Bureau
also says that he
was once arrested in Dubai along with a few others.
was allegedly plotting a major terror attack, but he
was released mysteriously without proper interrogation or investigation.
It is suspected that his
close links with the ISI
helped him wriggle out this situation.
India will now have to find an alternative to find out more on Mir
The interrogation of Headley too did not give much on Mir
There is a need to coordinate with the French who have tried this man and also seek access to Headley's close aide Tawahur Rana, who also knew of Mir
While these efforts would clear up the 26/11 mystery to a large extent, it would also give India more information on possible future attacks.
It is a known fact that the videos shot by Headley fell into the hands of Mir
and this is worrisome since Mir
is very capable of acting upon it.