US Offers $10 Million for Pakistan Islamist

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, former Arabic professor and founder of outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (undated file photo).
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, former Arabic professor and founder of outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (undated file photo).
Ayaz Gul

The United States has offered a $10 million bounty for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a former Arabic professor and founder of the outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, and offered up to $2 million for the group's deputy leader, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki.

Top U.S. Rewards for Justice Bounties
  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida leader - up to $25 million.
  • Abu Du’a, senior leader of al-Qaida in Iraq - up to $10 million.
  • Mullah Omar, Taliban leader - up to $10 million.
  • Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks - up to $10 million.
  • Yasin al-Suri, senior al-Qaida facilitator based in Iran - up to $10 million.

India accuses Lashkar-e-Taiba (L.e.T.) of planning the November 2008 attacks on its financial capital, Mumbai, that left 166 people dead, including six Americans.

Saeed founded the group in the late 1980s allegedly with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, to support the separatist movement in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Kashmir region. L.e.T. is considered one of the largest and best-trained militant groups of its kind.

In December of 2001, Washington designated L.e.T. a foreign terrorist organization, and Pakistan also banned the organization in 2002, mainly under U.S. pressure.

After the ban, Saeed formed an Islamic charity called Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is widely believed to be a front for the outlawed L.e.T.

U.S. officials say L.e.T. is "dedicated to installing Islamist rule over parts of India and Pakistan."

While Saeed has been arrested in the past and barred from public speaking, the Pakistani cleric remains a public figure.

Authorities in Pakistan's Punjab province, where Saeed is based, detained him shortly after the Mumbai attacks to investigate suspected links to the siege. But a court later ordered the government to release him, citing insufficient evidence.

Since then, Saeed has addressed large public rallies and occasionally appears on television talk shows. Most of his speeches are directed against America and India, but he has also recently waded into the ongoing domestic debate in parliament over ties with Washington.

Last month, the L.e.T. founder spoke during public rallies across Pakistan, which were organized by the recently-formed Defense of Pakistan Council, an alliance of around 40 religious and right-wing groups. The council is strongly opposed to the restoration of NATO supply lines that Islamabad closed following November’s cross-border coalition airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Addressing a rally in front of the Pakistani parliament last week, Saeed said the NATO supply routes should never be reopened, calling it "tantamount to shackling Pakistan and throwing it in front of the Americans."

He called on Pakistan’s president, prime minister and army chief to consider their oath to protect Pakistan and said they should resign instead of approving a deal.

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
by: Jim Swanson
April 03, 2012 9:26 AM
I'm surprised they don't just send out a couple reaper drones out with his name on them.

by: Tom Mariner
April 03, 2012 8:46 AM
Why spend the $10 million at all. Just stop the $1.6 Billion in aid to Pakistan and tell India they have another $1.6 Billion we just found. If this gentleman's aim is to kill India and the US, why not lump them together. How would "the person who lost the $1.6 Billion" do for his popularity?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponentsi
Henry Ridgwell
July 28, 2015 9:53 PM
A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.

Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.

Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.

Video IS Uses Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

Islamic State militants have added a new weapon in their arsenal of fear: chemical weapons. VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer was on the scene within hours of a recent attack in Hasakah, Syria, and has details of the subsequent investigation, in this report narrated by Miguel Amaya.

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

VOA Blogs