Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Terror Commander, and His Pakistani MentorsIt was in the year 1999, that Special Forces of Pakistan crossed over to the Indian side of the snow covered Line of Control, and took positions that lasted up to the culmination of the Kargil war. Meanwhile, Zakir-Ur-Rahman Lakhvi top military commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba opened the second front. He declared the setting up of mujahedeen networks at every nook and corner of India as its target. While talking to The Nation on 9th Aril 1999, he told that he was in the process of galvanizing every Muslim to contribute to the disintegration of India. Though Lakhvi miserably failed to spark off an Islamic insurgency against India, he could stage the most brutal attack on a part of India on 26th November 2008. He was in the news again when an Islamabad High Court ordered his release yesterday on bail seven years after his arrest.

Indian investigators had submitted several hours of conversation  with the team that mounted attack on 26/11 in an audio tape. He had conversed with the terrorists in India from the control room of Lashkar in Karachi. Another Lashkar activist Maharashtra born Zabiuddin Ansari who also extended help to the terrorists was being tried on the basis of the same audio tape. Based on the evidences produced by India and also gathered by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency, the former internal security czar of the President Asif Ali Zardari had admitted Lakhvi to be the mastermind of the 26/11 attack on Indian soil.

The audio tape was rendered useless due to Lakhvi refusing to provide his voice samples to the investigators. Thus, it could not be ascertained that the voice was that of Lakhvi. Ever since his arrest on 7th December 2008, there were ample evidences of his being provided special privileges within the high security Adiala jail, Rawalpindi. As per a report appearing on an online journal ProPublica, the Army Chief of Pakistan had refused the confiscation of Lakhvi’s cell phone, and consequently, he coordinated the operations of the group from inside the jail. Lakhvi used to meet Lashkar leaders, converse with top officials of Pakistani intelligence, and even fathered a son while in jail.

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