Bengaluru, Nov 26: When we speak about the 26/11 attack, we often refer to the likes of Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. However, if one were to look at the investigations that have been conducted both by India and the United States of America, it becomes clear that the operative who managed to do the most damage was Sajid Mir.
Sajid Mir is an often discussed name and while the world swears that there is a man of this name who exists, Pakistan till date terms him as a fictitious character.
After years of tracking, there was some clarity about Sajid Mir and a joint effort by the Israel and Indian spy agencies, his location was tracked.
It is a whole other question as to what use is such tracking when India cannot get this man either dead or alive.
Sajid Mir was the international operative of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba-e-Tayiba who was also present in the control room at Karachi when the strikes at Mumbai were being carried out.
He is the one who conducted the first survey of the targets when he visited India as a cricket fan a couple of years prior to the attack. He is also the one who handled David Headley all through his operation in Mumbai.
Where is Sajid Mir now?
The last input that India received regarding Mir was in Jan 2015. As per this input he was spotted in Murdike which incidentally is one of the deadliest camps that the Lashkar-e-Taiba runs.
His home is the near the Ganda Nala lane in Lahore Pakistan which is very close to Murdike.
After the 26/11 attack he was told to lie low for a long time. He was in fact in Lahore all the time at his home.
The fact that Paksitan even denies the existence of such a man and terms the allegations by India as a myth helped their cause even further.
No amount of surveillance done by the Indian agencies was able to track this man down. However, it was the Mossad agents who had provided India with ample information and his movement and it was found that he had moved into the Murdike camp of the Lashkar.
Going by what the Israelis have filed before the Eastern District Court of New York in the month of October 2014 it becomes all the more clear that he is located in Murdike.
Mir never moved out of Paksitan:
After the attacks of 26/11, the ISI had told him to lie low. Ideally the ISI moves its operatives to the Gulf when the heat is too high on their operatives. However, in the case of Mir they did not do so.
The arrests of Abu Jundal, the Hindi tutor of the ten terrorists from the Gulf, made the ISI think twice before sending its operatives there.
Moreover, in the case of Jundal even the Pakistanis had staked a claim on him, but the Indians managed to win that battle and extradite him.
This is a clear indication that he was never moved out of Pakistan even once. The ISI does not mind if operatives of such importance take a salary from them for not doing work for years together.
They tend to activate such terrorists for specific jobs once in five to ten years and this time he is active in connection with the Karachi project.
The importance of Sajid Mir:
Mir is the one who gave the Lashkar a new dimension. In fact he always told Hafiz Saeed that for the Lashkar to grow it should grown out of the Kashmir obsession and focus on the other parts of India as well.
He was a passionate Jihadi who had worked for several years in Saudi Arabia and after making his money he returned to Paksitan.
Born and brought up in a middle class Punjabi home in Lahore, he returned to Pakistan and set up a textile business.
He later married the daughter of a retired army officer in Pakistan and has two sons today.
His major international assignment before David Headley was with French operative Willie Brigitte.
Mir had roped him in and trained him in Pakistan to undertake combat. The reason why David Headley returned to India. David Headley as we all know had come to India to carry out a reconnaissance ahead of the 26/11attack.
The audacity with which Headley operated can be seen in the manner that he decided to come back to India even after the attack.