NEW DELHI: Indian Home Secretary GK Pillai on Monday revealed that Lashkar-e-Tayyaba founder Hafiz Saeed not only masterminded the Mumbai attacks but also made a trip to India and the government has given exact dates of his visit, to Islamabad. “We have evidence from Ajmal Kasab and others who say that he came here. Let Pakistan say that on such and such day, Hafiz Saeed was in Islamabad, not in India,” Pillai said. He, however, did not disclose the dates supposedly given to Pakistan in one of the dossiers. Pillai asserted that Saeed was not a peripheral player in 26/11, as he knew everything. He buttressed his claim with information provided by David Headley, who had collected information for the attacks during his five-day interrogation by the National Investigation Agency sleuths in a US prison. “When Headley had a difference with his wife, she went and complained to Saeed. She said, “This guy is neglecting me”. Headley told Saeed that if I spent more time with her, the ‘Bombay Project’ would suffer. Saeed replied, “Nothing doing, your wife can wait, the ‘Bombay Project’ is more important. So that is the kind of relationship and knowledge he had about the Bombay Project,” Pillai said.
Hafiz Saeed is, of course, the brother of former Sharon imam Muhammed Masood, of the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE). And the brother of former Worcester imam Hamid Mahmood, who incidentally arrived here via a shariah financing program at Harvard University. Sigh. I've documented the numerous Muslim clerics (imams) in Massachusetts who are close family members of Hafiz Saeed. Those two are gone, there's one to go: Hafiz Annan, the imam for the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell and the Islamic Society of Manchester. Annan is Hafiz Saeed's brother-in-law. You can scroll through previous blogposts about Hafiz Saeed here.