Headley: I hated India since my childhood

RSTV Bureau
File photo of David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist. A Mumbai court directed that Headley must be produced in the 26/11 terror attack case on December 10 by video-conference while allowing a plea by Mumbai police to make him an accused. PTI Photo

File photo of David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist.  PTI Photo

Pakistani-American LeT terrorist, David Coleman Headley’s cross-examination in the 26/11 trial resumed for the third day in a Mumbai court.

He revealed that Former Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was in power in 2008, had visited his home within weeks after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. In another shocking revelation, Headley said that he hated India and Indians ever since an India plane bombed his school in Pakistan in 1971.

“It is not correct to say that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan–Yousuf Raza Gilani– had attended the funeral of my father who passed away a month after the Mumbai terror attacks on 26/12/2008. Infact, he (Gilani) visited our house (in Pakistan) a few weeks thereafter,” Headley told special judge GA Sanap, via a video-link from the US, who is hearing the case against Abu Jundal.

The 55-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba operative has turned approver in the case and is being cross-examined by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Jundal who is an alleged key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 164 people.

Headley further said that his father, who was a Director General with Pakistan Radio, knew about his links with with LeT and was not happy about it.

Headley also told the court that he had developed hatred towards India and Indians since his childhood and wanted to “cause maximum damage since then”.

When asked about the reasons of his hatred, Headley said, “My school was bombed in 1971 by Indian planes and that time, I developed this feeling.”

People were killed in the attack, he said, adding it was one of the reasons that why he joined the LeT.

Regarding his claim that Ishrat Jahan, Headley said that she indeed was a LeT suicide bomber. He also clarified that the NIA had not told him to name Ishrat in the case.

Earlier in the day, Headley told the court that he had “arranged” a fund-raising programme for the Shiv Sena in the US and had planned to invite the then party supremo Bal Thackeray to the event but Thackeray was unwell and could not make it to the event.

He also refuted the allegations that said that US authorities were financing him.

“It is baseless to say that my movement to Pakistan was known to US agencies,” clarified Headley.

Headley was convicted in 2013 in the US for his role in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He is currently serving a 35 year jail term there.

(With inputs from PTI)