Lakhvi son killed in J&K; Pak action on Saeed, Lakhvi superficial: David Headley

Headley, who turned approver in the case, told a court in Mumbai on Saturday that in March 2009 he had visited Pushkar, Goa and Pune and had recced the cities as sought by Ilyas Kashmiri of Al-Qaeda.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Updated: February 14, 2016 1:41 am
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On the last day of his examination by the prosecution in a special court in Mumbai, 26/11 scout David Coleman Headley said that Lashkar-e-Toiba operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s son Basi had been killed “in a firefight with the Indian Army in Kashmir. Sajid Mir, Headley’s handler, then assumed the nickname Basi “in memory of Zaki’s son”, Headley deposed via video from the US Saturday. He said the news of Basi’s death and Mir’s move was emailed to him by former Pakistan Army major and Al-Qaeda militant Abdur Rehman Pasha.

He told the prosecution that when Pakistan cracked down on LeT under international pressure following the 26/11 attacks, Mir had assured him this was only superficial action.

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Headley said he and Mir exchanged a series of emails about “old uncle” (LeT chief Hafeez Saeed) and “chhota uncle” Lakhvi; Lakhvi was also “chacha” in one of their emails. He said Mir assured him, “Everything happening to our friends is superficial,” and “Uncle (Saeed) is flying high.”

In another email, Headley expressed fears that “old uncle has got H1 virus and doctors at the hospital want to give him a check up”. This, Headley explained to the court, meant that Saeed was likely to be arrested by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency.

Mir replied, “My old uncle is fit, healthy like anything and moving back and forth like a tornado” but, Headley said, Mir added that “Chacha revealed some facts about Ismail on pressure.” Ismail was Mir’s codename for Headley.

Made to listen to recordings of two phone calls, Headley identified the voices of three militants who were speaking to the Mumbai attackers. From the first call, from a control room in Pakistan to attackers in Taj Mahal Hotel, Headley identified Mir as saying in Punjabi, “How is your leg brother?” One of the ten attackers replied, “My leg is bleeding profusely.” From the other recording, played twice, Headley told the court he could make out the voice of Abu Kahafa among three to four voices in a long conversation.

Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam closed his deposition. Headley will be cross-examined by the defence next, for which a date has not been set.

When it was the turn of the defence, advocate Wahab Khan conveyed to Judge G A Sanap that he was unable to begin cross-examining Headley as the prosecution had not provided him with several documents. “I am not mentally prepared to cross-examine today. Perhaps I may damage my case or damage their case,” Khan said.

The court has granted time to Khan until February 22 to study the documents and decided how many days his cross-examination will require. The dates will then be communicated to the United States Department of Justice.

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First Published on: February 14, 2016 12:57 am
  1. D
    Feb 14, 2016 at 2:41 am
    .....and Salman khan did not drive the car.
    1. D
      Feb 14, 2016 at 2:43 am
      .....and there nothing called brahminism Bhakths in the world
      1. J
        jai Iyer
        Feb 14, 2016 at 2:39 am
        and it was not Nathuram Dogse who killed MK hi.
        1. A
          Feb 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm
          Yes yes yes ... all that. Now with si much info, let's see what our impotent PM will do. Give Nawaz another flying visit? Send another saanghi man to stan to beg hafiz sayeed? Kiss Obama and Trump's posterior?
          1. R
            Feb 13, 2016 at 12:43 pm
            Oh, so now you do believe Headley? Yesterday same dog was barking that Headley is a liar.
            1. B
              Feb 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm
              Why did our government pardon such a dangerous terrorist? Our government should ask US authorities to hand David Headley over to us to be hanged like Afzal Guru.
              1. D
                Feb 13, 2016 at 9:42 am
                Headley is taking interrogators down garden path in Mughal Gardens!
                1. T
                  Feb 13, 2016 at 5:51 am
                  Remember 19 Year aged Girl Ishrat Jahan? Who was framed as Terrorist by Gujarat Govt and in whose FAKE encounter 3 IPS officers and 10 others including Amit Shah were sent to Jail after an Investigation by CBI in 2010-2011. Remember Ishrat Jahan? To whom Bihar CM called Bihar's Daughter and Hyderabad MP Owaisi called her sister Remember Ishrat Jahan? For whom Sonia hi cried and Arvind Kejriwal demanded justice by almost crying. Remember Ishrat Jahan? In whose tribute, Ambulance Service is being run in Mumbai by secular NGO. Remember Ishrat Jahan? To whom our Top Media Preferred to call 'Shaheed' and Narendra Modi was presented as Serial Killer of Innocent and Peace Loving Muslims. Breaking News: David Headley Confession in Mumbai Special Court: She was a Suicide Bomber for Lashkar - E - Taiba, stan on a mission to inate then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. 😂Decide whether to Laugh or cry 😐 #IntolerantIndia🇮🇳
                  1. A
                    Feb 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm
                    Time for LALIT MODI to face video conferencing .................... he KNOWS more about many PEOPLE then HADLEY .....................
                    1. H
                      Harish Advani
                      Feb 14, 2016 at 1:32 am
                      LM offered to be interviewed by the IB in London over a year ago. This offer was not taken up by the IB for unknown reasons.
                      1. B
                        Feb 14, 2016 at 12:33 am
                        According to hadlee rss was the first organization who fought for hindu against the british
                        1. M
                          Feb 14, 2016 at 8:59 am
                          none of brahiminsm blasted non beleiver or they have not used children as suicide bombers..
                          1. S
                            Feb 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm
                            Will it turn out to be Episode 1,2,3.... like a mega serial ?!!
                            1. B
                              Feb 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                              Rahul hi and Congress for all practical purposes represent the Islamic state in India. Its barbaric islam that has perpetrated genocide of Hindus in vast areas of south asia, wiping them out of entire areas like stan, which were 100% non-muslim before advent of the demented, vile islam in south asia.
                              1. R
                                Feb 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                                India's new Foreign Minister is David Headley.
                                1. S
                                  Feb 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm
                                  The Unusual Suspect !!!
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                                    Yelliboina Yadav
                                    Feb 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                                    Each and every Indian must know what happening in India towards development.
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