India seeks extradition of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind, Sajid Mir from Pakistan after the United States says he is living freely in Pakistan
It was a black and fearful day for us Mumbaikars. We woke on 26/11 to the news of a pack of Pakistani terrorists running loose in South Mumbai shooting anyone and everyone in their way. Officially 166 Mumbai citizens lost their lives. The lost lives include one true patriot of Mumbai, Tukaram Omble. If it was not for Tukaram Omble, Ajmal Kasab would never have been caught alive and revealed the mastermind behind the horrific 26th November Mumbai attacks – Sajid Mir.
Now Sajid Mir is apparently living freely in Pakistan according to the United States intelligence agencies. The U.S. last week indicated that Sajid Mir who is a top Pakistan militant and is suspected to have planned the 2008 Mumbai attacks was living freely in Pakistan. India has taken a official note of this news and pushed for the extradition of Sajid Mir to India to face terrorism-related charges.
The U.S. Intelligence report says that Sajid Mir was the “project manager” of the Mumbai attack and is believed to remain free in Pakistan. An Indian official said the government has repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Sajid who is charged with serving as chief planner of the attacks, directing preparations and reconnaissance, and was also named as one of the Pakistan-based handlers of the LeT terrorists helping them through radio contact during the attacks.
Another Indian official said the lack of action against Sajid was the reason why Pakistan remained in the Gray List of Financial Action Task Force, the global watchdog on terrorism financing.
Sajid Mir has been a wanted man since 2008-2009. The FBI had posted a reward of $5 million for information leading to the capture of Sajid. He is also wanted by the European authorities for planning a terrorist plot against Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper.