Terror in the family: Hafiz Saeed's son-in-law Waleed LeT's next chief?
Is Hafiz Khaleed Waleed India's latest headache? The name of this terrorist has cropped up several times in the past couple of months.
Investigations that were conducted in the aftermath of the attacks at Pampore, Udhampur and now the Jammu and Kashmir unrest have revealed that Waleed was the mastermind behind all of them.
Waleed is the son-in-law of terrorist Hafiz Saeed, head of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT).
When the NIA recently questioned Bahahur Ali, a Pakistani terrorist, he had said that the entire plan to infiltrate into J&K, join the stone-pelters and hurl grenades from behind them was Waleed's brainchild.
Intelligence Bureau reports say Waleed is being groomed by Hafiz Saeed to take over the LeT.
Who is Hafiz Khalid Waleed?
Hafiz Saeed, who has two daughters and a son, will look to his son-in-law to run his terrorist outfit.
Waleed has been associated with the LeT since 2003 but until last year was more of a backroom boy, while hiding behind the fiction, like his father-in-law, that he is part of a charity outfit called Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), calling himself its 'chief co-ordinator'. The JuD, according to agencies across the world, is a front that collects funds for the LeT's terrorist activities.
Waleed, 42, a graduate of the University of the Punjab in Pakistan, has become more prominent since 2015. That his name is being associated with almost every terrorist exploit in Kashmir signals that he is being readied to take the reins of the LeT.
Waleed, whose name figures in the US Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, was appointed a member of the LeT's 'Central Advisory Committee' and in 2006 was promoted to head the LeT's 'political bureau'.
The dossier on Waleed says that he joined the LeT to avenge his brother Abu Hanzala, who was killed in Badgam district in Jammu and Kashmir while on a terrorist mission.
Waleed is being seen as a replacement for Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, officially the chief commander of the LeT.
Following the 2008 Mumbai attack, when Lakhvi was detained, Saeed had looked up to Waleed to fill in for him.
Indian agencies say that now Waleed plays the role Lakhvi played earlier, plotting and orchestrating attacks against India.
The interrogation of several Pakistani terrorists has revealed a picture of Waleed and his intentions.
Bahadur Ali, who was recently arrested in Kashmir, admitted that Waleed was overseeing the operations to fuel the current unrest in Kashmir and had reportedly assured his cadres that Kashmir would soon be in Pakistan's control.