Mumbai Attack Case: Pakistan Drops Charges Against Ex-LeT Militant

Sufayan Zafar was accused of financing Rs 14,800 for Mumbai attack.

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The Taj Mahal hotel is seen engulfed in smoke during the terror attacks in Mumbai, November 2008. (Photo: Reuters)

A former LeT militant, arrested last month for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, has been absolved by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which says “no allegation has been proved against him.”

Sufayan Zafar was accused of financing Rs 14,800 for Mumbai attack and providing Rs 3.98 million to co-accused Shahid Jameel Riaz prior to the attack.

The FIA has found no evidence against Zafar during investigation.
Official of FIA

He said the allegation that he had financed one of the arrested suspects in Mumbai case could not be proved after thorough investigation.

Zafar’s role in providing finances to a Mumbai attacks suspect(s) has not been established. Zafar would not be chargesheeted in the court for alleged allegations. FIA will submit a challan in the trial court in this regard on next hearing on 22 September but will not frame charges against him.

Zafar was hiding after being declared proclaimed offender in the Mumbai case. He was arrested early last month from his hideout in Kyber-Pakhtaunkhawa province.

A resident of Gujrawala district of Punjab, some 80km from Lahore, Zafar is among 21 other (absconding) suspects wanted in this high-profile case.

Six other suspects – Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younus Anjum have been lodged in the Adiyala Jail Rrawalpindi since 2009 for abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the Mumbai attacks.

Prime suspect LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, believed to be the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, has been in hiding after getting bail over a year ago.

Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine terrorists were killed while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and later executed.

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