Mumbai, Nov 26: Who is Ahmed Yakub? He is the head of the maritime wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who had managed to ship into India almost 60,000 rounds of ammunition a year after the 26/11 attack.
The shipment remains a mystery, but what officials can confirm is that it was at the same time that the Lashkar was planning on executing its ambitious Karachi project which proposed to carry out a series of attacks in India similar to the 26/11 strikes.
Yakub a senior member of the Lashkar was commissioned by Sajid Mir the man who was David Headley's handler.
According to the investigation that was conducted after the arrest of David Headley, the names of several persons including transcontinental terrorist Sajid Mir alias Sajeed Majeed began to crop up.
During the probe it was found that he had cleared the appointment of Ahmed Yakub as the head of the Lashkar's maritime unit. Yakub was given a specific role to ship 60,000 rounds of ammunition into India.
The Lashkar's naval wing is considered to be one of the deadliest in the world. It has at its services former officials of the Pakistan navy who have voluntarily joined the force.
In addition to this the Lashkar's maritime wing has the support of the Pakistan navy which aides and assists it. In case a boat needs to sail into India in an attempt to carry out a subversive activity all the intelligence is provided by the Pakistan navy and ISI.
Based on the intelligence inputs gathered by the Indian and Israeli agencies it was found that Mir had returned to Murdike and was planning on executing the second part of the Karachi project.
It was also found by the agencies that Mir had set his eyes on recruitments from Gujarat and Maharasthra thus giving an indicator that he was planning something major in these states.
The return of Mir:
The return of Mir to the Murdike camp indicates that there is a great deal of uneasiness among the Lashkar cadres. This is something that had happened prior to the 26/11 attack as well.
Each time there is discontent in the Lashkar an attack on India is planned and this has been the pattern.
Mir taking active interest in Murdike and also the incessant cross border firing are all indicators that Pakistan is planning something major on Indian soil.
The Indian agencies have acted on every possible input that they have got this time. However, agencies also warn that incidents like the one on the coast and cross border firing could well be distractions and the security set up can never let its guard down.