Pakistan-based terror group believed to be seeking bioweapons

Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist group that targets Indian interests, is reportedly seeking to acquire biological weapons from its ties with al-Qaeda.

Arif Qasmani, ne of the group’s senior members indicted by the U.S. Treasury Department for the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, is linked with the effort, according to

Qasmani is one of four men who have had their assets seized by the United States for their role in the 2006 train attacks. The United States accused Qasmani in particular of facilitating an attack in Samjhauta in 2007.

The interrogation report of a Pakistani businessman and Guantanamo detainee, Saifullah Paracha, revealed that LeT was in communication with a U.S.-based al-Qaeda operative with possible access to anthrax, reports. Paracha revealed to U.S. authorities in 2008 that Qasmani was in discussions with a U.S. pharmacist identified as Nazmut Tariq, about acquiring biological weapons, including anthrax.

According to Paracha, he had known Tariq since 1969 and they had come from the same village in Pakistan. He described Tariq as a member of the group Jemaah Islamiyah and a successful pharmacist with stores in New York and Boston.

"Information linking Tariq to biological weapons and anthrax was found on a calendar belonging to Arif Qasmani, LeT member and associate of senior al-Qaida facilitator Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, aka Abu Zubaydah," the Guantanamo report said, according to

Paracha’s interrogation report mentions that the pharmacist’s contact information was retrieved from Paracha’s electronic diary. His name was also found in documents seized from an al-Qaeda safe house in Pakistan, along with a notation referring to anthrax.

"There are at least some indications that Pakistani groups such as LeT may also be interested — a particularly troubling possibility given the deep past connections these groups have had with Pakistani security services, their ongoing cooperation with al-Qaida, and the example of in-depth cooperation on unconventional weapons provided by al-Qaida's work with Jemaah Islamiyah on anthrax,” the report continued, according to