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Headley's key revelations

Source : SIFY
Last Updated: Fri, May 27, 2011 12:33 hrs
David Coleman Headley, Harry Leinenweber

Self-confessed Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley, a prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, has confessed to plotting the whole carnage that took place that fateful day. Along with that, he has revealed his connections with the LeT and ISI and has thrown open many startling revelations which "cannot be simply brushed under the carpet" by Pakistan.

Here we take a look at some key revelations revealed by Headley:

Scouting a safe landing site for LeT



-- David Headley has admitted to helping identify a safe landing site for Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists arriving by sea for the Mumbai attacks.

During cross examination by lawyers defending his long time friend Pakistan-born Tahawwur Rana, Headley aka Daood Gilani, also testified that a Pakistani Navy man was present during discussions on the landing site with Major Iqbal, his handler from Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who helped plan the attack


ISI link up

Headley has testified that his ISI handler Major Iqbal used a unique cell phone with a US number to stay in touch with him from Pakistan while he was in Mumbai.


Headley's wife was proud of him

Viewing the terror strikes unfold in Mumbai on television, Headley's first wife Shazia used code words to convey to him that he had succeeded in carrying out the 26/11 strikes.


Mistakes rued

LeT mastermind Sajid Mir lamented the mistakes made by the terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks in multiple conversations with Headley, documents released by the Chicago court carrying out the trial revealed.


No longer proud of Mumbai attacks

Despite feeling no remorse to carrying out the attacks earlier, Headley has now revealed that he is no longer proud of the Mumbai carnage. When asked by Defence Attorney Patrick W Belgan if he was still proud of the Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people including American nationals, Headley replied, "No".


Violated ISI, LeT spy code

LeT- and ISI-trained Headley said that he may have been wrong to divulge the Mumbai attack plot to his long-time friend Pakistan-born Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana.

In doing so he violated the espionage training he received from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the deadly 26/11 attacks, Headley told a Chicago court.


Third time lucky

After two failed attempts to strike Mumbai in September and October 2008, the LeT finally succeeded in hitting India’s financial capital on November, Headley said during the Rana trials.


Befriending the movie world

Headley, who has pleaded guilty to 12 charges, told the court that he befriended filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's son Rahul and conceded that he even talked about bringing him to Pakistan's tribal areas for sight seeing, but disagreed with the defence that there was a plan to kill or kidnap him.


‘Honour the killers’

Apparently gloating over the mayhem the Pakistani attackers were creating in Mumbai, Tahawwur Rana, a co-accused had proposed that nine of the ten LeT militants who carried out the carnage should be decorated with Pakistan's highest military award, Nishan-e-Haider


Headley wanted Kashmir assignment

Headley always wanted an assignment in Kashmir after completing training in LeT camps in Pakistan, but was not given his favoured assignment because the Lashkar leaders wanted to use him for something else, trial documents revealed.


Headley: An ISI-trained spy

Headley has testified in court that he received espionage training against India from Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)


Headley’s deadly plot

In his last surveillance trip to India before 26/11, Headley under the instruction of Major Iqbal bought 15 red bracelets to be worn by the attackers so that they can disguise as Hindus, court documents revealed.

In July 2008, Headley returned to Mumbai for the fifth time to carry out instructions and surveillance activities, during which he conducted surveillance of a number of locations, including the Taj Mahal hotel, Oberoi Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Chabad House, the train station, various potential landing sites.


Indian n-plant under Headley’s radar

Headley carried out a surveillance of a nuclear power plant in India with a possible view to attacking it later under the direction of Major Iqbal in April 2008, court documents revealed.


More Headley targets

Headley testified that he identified ancient Somnath temple, Bollywood and the Shiv Sena office in Mumbai as targets he 'liked' for future terror attacks.


TV helped LeT handlers guide 26/11 attackers

Watching the 2008 Mumbai carnage live from Pakistan, LeT handlers guided the attackers on phone and even asked them to change tactics to challenge the advancing commandos, Headley has said.


Headley’s will

Apprehending arrest during his India visit after the Mumbai attacks, Headley wrote a will -- which stated what should be done to his wives and children in the event of his death or arrest -- and emailed it to his friend and co-accused Tahawwur Rana.


Headley was in touch with Pak officials, terrorists

Headley has testified in court that he dealt with top government officials and terrorists in Pakistan a month before the Mumbai carnage.


The ISI and LeT connection

Headley also told the court that he frequently exchanged emails with Pakistani spy agency ISI and Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).


Plot to kill Bal Thackeray

Headley confessed in court that he was involved in a plot with the LeT and ISI handlers to assassinate Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.


National Defense College: A terror target

Headley testified in court that New Delhi-based National Defence College is on the hit-list of terrorists as 26/11 mastermind Illiyas Kashmiri believes that by attacking the college he can kill more Indian brigadiers than what the Pakistan Army has managed to achieve in four wars with India.




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