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  • The US reaction came hours after an anti-terrorism court in Lahore indicted Saeed and three of his top aides Hafiz Abdul Salam bin Muhammad, Muhammad Ashraf and Zafar Iqbal on terror financing charges. "We welcome the indictment of Hafiz Saeed and his associates," Alice G Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, tweeted.

    Hafiz Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or the Army of the Pure, a militant group blamed by the United States and India for the four-day Mumbai siege, in which 160 people were killed. The dead also included several foreigners, including Americans.Pakistan's counter terrorism police arrested Saeed in July.

    The Anti-Terrorism Court has now fixed Dec 11 as date for framing the charges against the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other co-accused Malik Zafar Iqbal. Saeed was brought to the court amidst high security from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail. The Counter Terrorism Department of the Punjab Police had registered 23 FIRs against Saeed and his accomplices.

    Sarma while arguing that there is the need to correct the error in the NRC advocated that Assam must be part of the pan India NRC. “We will place all the data pertaining to NRC in the assembly on December 4 or 5. Once these data’s are placed people will know how many people will be eligible to apply.”

    A unanimous resolution was passed at a conference "26/11 Lessons for Future" organized by JKUF to remember the 26/11 attack. All the panelists opined that if the entire gamut of issues brought to the fore by the Mumbai attack would have been addressed in totality, India by now would have decisively defeated the terror war unleashed by Pakistan.

    166 people were killed and over 300 injured when 10 heavily-armed LeT terrorists created mayhem in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. "Today we stand by the people of India and remember 166 people, including six Israelis, the victims of Mumbai terror attacks that took place 11 years ago", deputy director general of Israel's foreign ministry, Gilad Cohen.

    Twenty-Six Eleven, as these attacks are often referred to as, witnessed 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists came to Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan and carried out a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across the city. The terrorists targeted major landmarks of Mumbai with the first attack taking place at the crowded CST railway station.

    "On the 11th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, we remember everyone who lost their lives and mourn with their families. A grateful nation salutes the security personnel who made the supreme sacrifice," President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.

    The report took note of India’s long stand on terrorist groups like LeT and JeM, which are located in Pakistan, and often conduct terrorist attacks on India. The report claimed that the Pak govt failed to limit these terrorist groups from raising money, recruiting, and training in Pakistan but also allowed their candidates overtly to contest the July 2018 general elections.

    One of the two militants killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Monday was a Pakistani-born self-styled commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba

    Christine Fair from Georgetown University said during a roundtable at the Hudson Institute think-tank that Lashkar-e-Taiba, a UN-designated terrorist outfit, is a "perfect proxy" for Pakistan's spy agency ISI.

    Three American lawmakers, Jim Banks, Chuck Fleischmann and Randy Weber, have asked the State Department to investigate possible terror financing links between two prominent American Muslim organisations and terrorist groups. Their letter said, "Specifically of concern are the innocuous sounding organisation, HHRD and their sister organisation, ICNA."

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