A National Security Guard commando during
the rescue operation at Chabad House in
Mumbai, November 26, 2008
Although several theories regarding Lashkar-e-Taiyaba operative David Coleman Headley’s handler Sajid Mir have come up in the past, he is still untraceable.
There are contrasting reports regarding Mir, a mastermind of the Mumbai
carnage. Some investigators say he is still in
Pakistan, being sheltered by the Inter Services
Intelligence while others say he could have been
picked up by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Pakistani agencies have tried to shelter Mir,
claiming that the only Mir they know is a
Pakistani cleric who has nothing to do with the
Recent statements by France’s investigative
judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, to Pro Publica
journalist Sebastian Rotella make it clear that Mir is
not a fictitious character.
During his questioning of Willie Brigitte, a
French Lashkar operative, Bruguiere was told
that Mir was not only a member of the terror
group, but also an ISI agent.
The French court had convicted Mir, but that did not deter him from orchestrating the 26/11 attacks over the phone from Pakistan, a year later.
India’s National Investigation Agency’s chargesheet regarding Mir’s role in the
26/11 attacks, will be on the testimonies given before the French court and
David Headley’s revelations before a Chicago court.
Mir’s luck has been exceptionally good. He was convicted in France, but no
action was taken against him. Prior to that he was arrested in Dubai, but mysteriously got away. The Indian agencies point out that this was done at the ISI’s
India points out that losing Mir will be a big loss for the ISI since he not only
specializes in arranging for operatives like Headley, but has traveled the globe
arranging for operatives with ease. He visited India prior to the 26/11 attacks
and set the ball rolling for the terror operations.
NIA sources say there is plenty of information regarding Mir, but that is on
paper. The only country capable of revealing more is Pakistan, but it denies his
Mir, according to Intelligence Bureau sources, may not be in Pakistan. He may
have shifted his base several times in the past three years, to Saudi Arabia,
Bangladesh and Dubai.
‘Weapons are not going to solve the problem of terrorism’
A short film with recorded messages from Kavita
Karkare, wife of slain Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad chief
Hemant Karkare, and family members of other 26/11 victims was screened at the event.
Karkare spoke about how meditation had helped her
cope with grief. Another victim, a flower seller whose husband died of bullet injuries, said her mission in life was to
educate her children.
Narayan Varma, co-coordinator of the event, told India
Abroad, “The theme of the event is how to take the exercise
of securing Mumbai forward. We want to ensure that citizens
are secure and safety is established.”
S J Parekh, chairman of a Mumbai-based offshore logistics
company, who lost his son Sunil and daughter-in-law
Reshma in the attack on the Oberoi-Trident Hotel, said he
was taking his life forward because of his two grandchildren.