Mumbai attacks mastermind held

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Old 09-Dec-2008
deepak pace
Exclamation Mumbai attacks mastermind held

The man believed to be the main planner of the Mumbai attacks has reportedly been arrested.
Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi was arrested in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Away from the media gaze, the offices of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the political front for the Lashkar, were raided in Muzaffarabad in PoK.
But sources say this is the peace formula being pushed by Washington, and its slowly taking shape.
However, the top leadership of the Lashkar, including Hafiz Saeed, are now said to have gone underground, raising fresh questions on the Indian side that how far is Pakistan really willing or able to go?
Earlier, late on Sunday, the Pakistan security forces, including the army, launched a secretive crackdown on activists of the LeT and its front organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawah in PoK, and across Pakistan. Helicopters were used in the operation in Muzaffarabad.
There was no immediate official word on the crackdown.
The Dawn said there were reports that similar actions were planned in some cities and towns of Punjab, a province where the LeT and the Jamaat have a significant presence.
Pakistan is under intense international pressure, including from the US, to take action against the LeT for its involvement in the Mumbai attacks. The Let was founded by militant ideologue Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, who formed the Jamaat soon after the Lashker was banned in 2001. (With PTI inputs)

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