NEW DELHI — Pakistan said Wednesday that it had detained a second suspected plotter of last month's Mumbai terror rampage, stepping up its bid to mollify India and the United States over the alleged involvement of Pakistani militants in the attacks.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani told reporters that security forces had taken Zarrar Shah, a member of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, into custody. Shah is suspected of having acted as a liaison between Lashkar-e-Taiba and the 10 gunmen who stormed luxury hotels and other bustling venues in Mumbai in a 2 1/2-day siege in which more than 170 people were killed.
Since the attacks, India and the United States have leaned heavily on the government in Islamabad to crack down on the Islamist group, whose roots are in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir.
Earlier this week, Pakistani officials confirmed the arrest of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the Lashkar-e-Taiba operations chief and suspected mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.
Terrorist designation: The U.N. Security Council's al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions committee on Wednesday designated four men allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks as terrorists subject to sanctions. The four are Lakhvi; Mohammed Saeed, the group's leader; Haji Mohammed Ashraf, its chief of finance; and Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed Bahaziq, a financier with the group.