As Headley nails ISI, India asks Pakistan to explain

Highly-placed government sources said David Headley’s testimony in a US court lays bare open the role played by the ISI in 26/11 attacks.

Updated: May 24, 2011, 12:30 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: With 26/11 accused David Coleman Headley exposing ISI’s hand in the deadly Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian government has gone on an offensive and said Pakistan now has much more to explain.

Highly-placed government sources said Headley’s testimony in a US court during the trial of another accused Tahawwur Rana, lays bare open the role played by Pakistan’s intelligence agency in carrying out the 26/11 attacks.

Headley yesterday testified during the trial that the ISI had provided material and financial support to Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist group to carry out the strikes that killed 166 people and injured hundreds others.

Between the night of November 26 and the morning of 29 in 2008, India’s financial capital had literally remained under a siege when Pakistan-based terrorists had held hundreds hostage across several locations, including two five-star hotels.

Government sources said Headley’s disclosures are what India had stated in its dossiers handed over to Pakistan following the 2008 attacks.

He is just stating the facts India has been saying all along, said sources.

They also added that the Americans will most likely use Headley’s testimony to put pressure on the ISI, especially in the wake of suspicion that the spy agency was protecting slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a mansion in Abbottabad.

Laden was killed by US forces in a covert raid deep inside Pakistan on May 2.

Sources further said the ISI may now be forced to hand over ‘Major Iqbal’ to save its beleaguered chief Shuja Pasha.

Headley yesterday said in the court that he was in touch with `Major` Iqbal of ISI. The ISI Major had provided USD 25,000 for the Mumbai attacks, the LeT operative revealed.