Headley`s diary contains telephone numbers of Pak handlers

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 21:19

Chicago: Clinching evidence of key Mumbai
attack accused David Headley`s links with ISI and Jamaat-ud
Dawa is provided by his diary which contains telephone numbers
of two Major-rank officers of the Pakistani Army besides some
others who handled the 26/11 attackers.

The hand-written diary, whose two pages were produced by
the US prosecutors as evidence in a court here, mentions the
names and Pakistani phone numbers of Major Iqbal and one Major
`SM` (apparently a code name for Sajid Mir).

The diary also has the names of key JuD operatives like
Abdur Rahman Makki, who is the deputy of the outfit`s chief
Hafiz Saeed.

The dairy`s portions mentioned as `Government Exhibit -
DCH-5` were presented as part of evidence by the Federal
prosecutors before the Chicago court Judge Harry D Leinenweber
who is hearing the case of co-accused Tahawwur Rana.

The diary also has the name and phone number of Wasi, who
had figured as one of the Pakistan-based handlers who were
directing the 10 Pakistani terrorists who struck in Mumbai on
November 26, 2008.

There are a number of other names like Jehangir, Inam,
Tehseen, Izaz M, Tahir, Manzoor and Khalid. Besides, there are
abbreviated mentions like `A.R`, `M.H`, `M.B` and `C.B`.

Most of the phone numbers mentioned are Pakistani. There
are also two phone numbers of Dubai.

Headley`s diary also contained a telephone number of
film Maker Mahesh Bhatt`s son Rahul, listed under the name
`Rahul B`.

When contacted, Rahul who came into spotlight for
his acquaintance with the Pakistani-American terror suspect,
confirmed the mobile number mentioned in Headley`s diary
belonged to him till three months ago.

"Yes, the number did belong to me till three months ago.
I surrendered it due to personal reasons," Rahul said.

Asked when was the last time he spoke to Headley on that
number, Rahul said their last conversation was around one and
a half years ago during the swine flu outbreak in India.

When a call was made on the number mentioned in Headley`s
diary, one Akshay picked up the phone and said he got the
particular number 20 days back.

In his deposition before the Chicago Jury, 50-year-old
Headley, who spent months scouting out terror targets in
Mumbai and other parts of India ahead of November 2008 attacks
told the Judge that ISI supported the extremist group Laskar-
e-Taiba for which he worked on the deadly siege.

Headley testified that ISI provided financial, military
and moral support to the banned group LeT as he recounted in
detail his militant past and the bloody three-day long siege
of India`s largest city that left 166 people dead including
six Americans.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 21:19

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