Pulwama attack mastermind and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Lashkar’s Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and underworld don and key planner of 1993 Mumbai bombings Dawood Ibrahim have been designated as terrorist by the Centre.
These are the first designations of individual as terrorists after the government passed a bill in July seeking to designate a person (as opposed to an organisation) suspected to have terror links as a terrorist and allowing the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to attach properties linked to a terror investigation without taking permission from the state police.
Azhar-led Jaish was behind the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and the Pulwama terror attack earlier this year, in which 40 jawans lost their lives. While Sayeed is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Dawood Ibrahim, currently said to be residing in Pakistan, is believed to have played a key role in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 300 people. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is chief operational commander of Lashkar.