Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was Pakistan’s Prime Minister in 2008, had visited David Coleman Headley’s home within weeks after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Lashkar terrorist told a Mumbai court today, giving a new twist to his testimony.
“It is not correct to say that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan—Yousuf Raza Gilani—had attended the funeral of my father who passed away a month after the Mumbai terror attacks on 26/12/2008. Infact, he (Gilani) visited our house (in Pakistan) a few weeks thereafter,” the Pakistani-American terrorist told special judge G A Sanap, who is hearing the case against Abu Jundal in the sessions court here.
The 55-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative-turned approver in the case is being cross-examined by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Jundal who is an alleged key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai siege, via a video-link from the US.
Deposing for the third day after his cross-examination began on Wednesday, Headley said his father, who was a Director General with Pakistan Radio, knew about his links with with LeT.
“My father was aware of my association with LeT and he was not happy about it,” he said.
When asked was it true that his half-brother Daniel knew about his LeT connection, Headley just said that he (Daniel) was not living in the same city (in Pakistan).
Headley, who has been convicted in the US, for his role in the November 2008 attacks, also denied using Daniel’s mobile phone during his visit to Pakistan before the dastardly strikes in Mumbai.He is serving a 35 year jail term in the US.
During his deposition, Headley said,”Saulat Rana, my friend in Pakistan, was aware of my connection with LeT and my visit to Mumbai prior to the 26/11 attacks.”
“Rana neither objected nor encouraged me,” he told the court.
On whether Rana was associated to LeT, Headley said, “No”. When asked whether he (Headley) toured Pakistani locations with Rana before the Mumbai attacks, he replied in the negative and wondered why he would go around in Pakistan when the target was India.