The Pakistani media has downplayed David Headley’s deposition in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack with most newspapers discounting him of his Pakistani heritage. The country’s leading newspapers, Dawn and The Express Tribune, referred to Headley as an “American” convict and did not carry any direct quotes of his but, instead, quoted special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
On the first day, when Headley revealed that he visited India eight times, Dawn buried the report in page 16. Dawn, interestingly, did not follow up its report on Day 2 when Headley spoke about how Pakistan’s ISI provided moral, financial and military support to terrorist organisations such as LeT, JeM and Hizbul.
The Express Tribune also largely ignored Headley’s comments on ISI, but played up Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik statement rubbishing them on their website.
Wednesday’s front pages in Pakistan were dominated by news of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) staff calling off their eight-day old strike. One paper, in its international page, prominently carried the news of a train accident in Germany where ten were killed, but the 26/11 attack, in which 166 lost their lives, was overlooked.
Headley, who was set to continue his deposition today, could not appear before the court via video conference due to a glitch. The deposition was adjourned till tomorrow after the US authorities granted Headley additional time.