'Old-age' David Headley was rejected by LeT for assignement of his choice

Born in 1960, Headley must have been of about 43-year-old in 2002 when he attended the arms training camp in 2002.

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016, 14:56 PM IST
'Old-age' David Headley was rejected by LeT for assignement of his choice

New Delhi: Fighting Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir was the first proffered choice of terrorist of Pakistani origin David Headley . 

In his deposition before a TADA court in Mumbai on Monday, the American terrorist of Pakistani origin told that he has also expressed his wish to join jihadis in Kashmir but his offer was rejected due to his age.

Born in 1960, Headley must have been of about 43-year-old in 2002 when he attended the arms training camp in 2002.

"Wanted to fight Indian forces in Kashmir but keeping my age in mind, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi of LeT told that I will be given another assignment," told Headley. 

During the deposition in court, Headley also told that he met LeT chief Hafiz Saeed once in 2002 while was undergoing arms training a camp at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. 

"I met Hafiz Saeed once in a training camp in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. He inspired me to join LeT. In the training camp I learnt how to use AK-47 rifle, bomb making," added Headley. 

In his revelations, Headley also said he changed his name from Daood Sayed Gilani to David Coleman Headley to get Indian visa after instructions from his Lashkar handler Sajid Mir.

Headley is likely to continue his testimony before the court on Tuesday as well. 

David Headley's fresh revelations are likely to put more pressure over Pakistan to act against LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, who is also an accused in the Pathankot Air Force base terror attack last month.