Mumbai attacks: US victims’ kin sue ISI, LeT

Relatives of a Rabbi, who was gunned down along with his pregnant wife during the Mumbai attacks in 2008, have filed a wrongful death suit against Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence and Lashkar-e-Toiba at a Brooklyn court.

Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 09:12 AM IST

New York: Relatives of a Rabbi, who was
gunned down along with his pregnant wife during the Mumbai
attacks in 2008, have filed a wrongful death suit against
Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence and Lashkar-e-Toiba at
a Brooklyn court, local media reported on Tuesday.

Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who
originally were from Brooklyn, were killed when the attackers
entered the Chabad Lubavitch centre in November 2008. They
were slaughtered in front of their two-year-old son Moshe, who
was rescued by his nanny Sandra.

The law suit was filed at the Brooklyn Federal Court
here by the grandfather of Moshe who now lives in Israel,
according to a report in The New York Post.

It claimed that ISI had worked closely with LeT and
provided support to the gunmen who killed 166 and wounded more
than 300 people, the report said.

"Obviously, Pakistan is an ally of the US in the war
in Afghanistan and our efforts to fight al Qaeda," said James
Kreindler, the attorney who filed the suit on behalf of
Holtzberg family.

"We know, however, that ISI has straddled some fences
and while Pakistan is certainly cooperating with us, the ISI
has used (Lashkar-e-Toiba) for its own purposes," the NY Daily
News has quoted Kreindler as saying.

The claim is largely based on the involvement of
Pakistani-American David Headley who has pleaded guilty to
plotting the attacks with LeT, the report said, adding the
government of Pakistan has also been named as defendants in
the suit.

PTI