Pakistan has banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, but the country's security officials acknowledge it remains active. Over the past few months, members of the organization have told reporters that they are still recruiting for and plotting attacks in India.
The terror group was created in part by Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI, in the late 1980s to attack Afghanistan and India. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, chief spokesman for Pakistan's military, has denied reports that any current or former ISI agents had been arrested in connection with Headley or Rana.
Had the Chicago men carried out their alleged plan to attack the Danish paper, it would have been one of the first assaults outside of South Asia with Lashkar-e-Taiba connections, U.S. officials said.
Just last week, Pakistan acknowledged connections between its military and the alleged plot against the Danish paper. Maj. Gen. Abbas confirmed that a retired major had been arrested for ties to Rana and Headley. But Abbas denied reports that active members of the Pakistani military have been arrested in connection with the case.