‘Stand her up… shoot her in the head’

ProPublica gives a chilling account of Chabad killings,and ‘ISI’ man’s role in them.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 30, 2011 11:47:56 pm

Save your energy for good days. If they contact right now,maybe you gonna,you know,celebrate Sabbath with your family,” the voice over the phone consoled Norma Rabinovich,a Mexican woman,as the Lashkar-e-Toiba men who attacked Mumbai on November 26,2008 went about killing innocents in Chabad House.

A few moments later,the voice thundered. “Stand her up on this side of your door,” it ordered one of the attackers. “Shoot her such that the bullet goes right through her head and out the other side… Do it… I am listening… Do it,in God’s name.” A bullet went through Rabinovich’s head.

This,and many such details,is part of a chilling new account of the 26/11 attacks published by American non-profit investigative organisation ProPublica. It took more than six months of interviewing officials and witnesses in the US,Pakistan and India,ProPublica says,to prepare the report.

The voice that ordered Rabinovich shot through the head — the call was intercepted by Indian intelligence agencies — was that of Sajid Mir. Many believe,the ProPublica report says,that Mir is a suspected ISI man. It also provides several leads that indicate that Mir is not being prosecuted due to his connections in high places.

“Mir has close ties to Pakistan’s security forces and may have been an officer in the powerful ISI. The ISI for years has been accused of playing a double game: acting as a frontline US ally in the fight against terror while supporting selected terrorist groups,” the report says.

The report also says it was the ISI which recruited David Headley to help plot 26/11 attacks. “US investigators are persuaded that ISI officers recruited and trained Headley in spying techniques,then ran him as an agent in tandem with Lashkar,” it reads. “Pakistani military officers funded and directed Headley’s reconnaissance in India,supplied tactical advice for Mumbai attacks and participated in a follow-up plot against Denmark,according to US and Indian officials.”

In his confession,the report adds,Headley said the ISI plotted to strike India to check terrorist violence in Pakistan. “The ISI,I believe,had no ambiguity in understanding the necessity to strike India… (and) shifting and minimizing the theatre of violence from the soil of Pakistan,” he had said.

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