'LeT expected only cosmetic Pak action after 26/11 strike'

MUMBAI: Indicative of the close involvement of Pakistani agencies in the 26/11 attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders were confident that the terror strike on Mumbai would lead to only "superficial" action against the outfit and within months, it began planning a second strike in India. 

As part of his testimony over video from the US, Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley said his concern for the safety of "old uncle" and "young uncle" - code for Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed and operations head Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi - abated after he was assured by his Lashkar handler Sajid Mir that no harm would befall the Lashkar top duo.

READ ALSO: Lashkar-e-Taiba wanted another attack after 26/11, I said not in 'Rahul City': David Headley 

The Lashkar assessment was spot on as after a few initial raids, Pakistan left Saeed and LeT untouched. Lakhvi was held in 'friendly' custody as the trial in an anti-terrorism court petered out amid frequent change of judges and prosecutors who reported threat to their lives. Lakhvi, who continued meeting visitors freely, finally walked out on bail. 

In an important sequence in court, Headley said he recognised the voices of three LeT handlers when special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam played a CD of recordings of telephonic conversations between the terrorists who were at Taj Mahal hotel during the attack and the 'control room' in Karachi. Headley said he recognized three 26/11 handlers--Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa and Abu Al Qama. 

In one conversation, the handler was heard telling a terrorist, "Allah aapka kaam qabaool Kare. Bahut saare logon ke zakhm par marham rakha gaya hain. Jo duaa aapko batayi gayi thi woh bhoolni nahin hain. Jahan bhi baitho teen baar dua zarror padhni hain." In another conversation, David Headley recognised Qahafa's voice. He had said, "Mazboot rehna. Duniya chodon. Jannat behter hain." 

David Headley's exchanges post-26/11 are captured in the emails he sent to his associates in LeT and Al Qaida in 2009. Though Lakhvi was then in custody in July 2009, Mir informed Headley about a new "investment plan" - code for a fresh attack in India. 

So confident was Headley's handler that Lashkar made plans to use Headley yet again and made a reference to Rahul Bhatt, son of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, whom the US citizen had befriended during his stay in Mumbai before the terror attacks. This time, Mir said the attacks would not take place in "Rahul city" but some other part of India. 

David Headley's five-day deposition as an approver in the 26/11attacks case came to an end on Saturday afternoon after Nikam ended the examination conducted before special judge Govind A Sanap.

Source http://m.timesofindia.com/india/LeT-expected-only-cosmetic-Pak-action-after-26/11-strike/articleshow/50979543.cms


Popular posts from this blog

How a cyber attack hampered Hong Kong protesters

‘Not Hospital, Al-Shifa is Hamas Hideout & HQ in Gaza’: Israel Releases ‘Terrorists’ Confessions’ | Exclusive

Former FARC guerrilla, Colombian cop pose naked together to promote peace deal