23 July, 2021

LeT It Be Known: This Is Lakhvi

Passion for jehad has defined the life of Lashkar-e-Toiba operations chief

LeT It Be Known: This Is Lakhvi
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Passion for jehad has defined the life of Lashkar-e-Toiba operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who has been accused of training the terrorists responsible for the Mumbai carnage. Such is Lakhvi’s commitment to the cause that he sent his 20-year-old son Mohammad Qasim to wage jehad in Kashmir. A year later, in October 2007, Qasim was gunned down.

Born on December 30, 1960, Lakhvi’s stock in the shadowy world of jehad zoomed when his sister got married to Abu Abdur Rahman Sareehi, a Saudi who was counted among Osama bin Laden’s trusted lieutenants. In 1988, Sareehi established Lashkar training camps in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Paktia provinces; Lakhvi was among the top trainers there. Perhaps his clout in the Lashkar was also enhanced because of the Rs 10 million Sareehi donated for building the Lashkar’s Muridke headquarters, from where the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) now operates.

Lashkar’s participation in the Afghan jehad enabled both its founder, Prof Hazid Mohammad Saeed, and Lakhvi to endear themselves to the Pakistan...

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