Sajid Mir is in Kot Lakhpat Jail after being convicted by an anti-terrorism court in June last year. He was immediately admitted to the hospital.
He was poisoned and is currently on ventilator support. It was reported that he was shifted to Dera Ghazi Khan Jail as his life was in danger.
However, it is also being said that Pakistan’s military intelligence wing is using this information as a shield to avoid international pressure to take tough action against the Lashkar commander.
Sajid Mir was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined Rs 4.2 lakh for providing financial support to terrorism. It is said that Sajid Mir was sentenced to avoid further sanctions by FATF, the watchdog of global terrorist financing activities, and not to bear international pressure.
Pakistan’s new drama?
Mir was arrested in April 2022. The verdict was announced in June. This was just a few days before the FATF meeting. Thus, it is being speculated that Sajid Mir’s poisoning case may be another drama in Pakistan.
The US has declared Mir as a ‘wanted terrorist’. The FBI has announced a $5 million bounty on his head. Indian intelligence agencies estimate that Pakistan concocted this story to avoid extraditing him to America.
Act by Hedley
After the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Sajid Mir (45) underwent plastic surgery. He was recruiting foreign militants for Lashkar. In addition, David Coleman Headley, alias Dawood Gilani, provided assistance to the FBI, the FBI said.
During the Mumbai attack, Mir and his accomplices Abu Khahafa and Mazar Iqbal were in direct contact with the attackers. Dawood Gilani changed his name to David Coleman Headley as per Mir’s suggestion. Because of this, he was not only a Pakistani, but also a Muslim, but he got a chance to roam easily in India as an American citizen. He was able to carry out his intended activities on behalf of Lashkar, according to documents from the US Department of Justice.
Mir advised Headley to open an immigration office in Mumbai to cover up his inspection operations. He paid 25 thousand US dollars for it.
Pakistani officials had earlier said Mir was dead. But the Western countries, which had agreed to this, demanded proof of it. In June this year, China blocked the UN’s bid to declare Mir as a global terrorist.