David Headley, accused-turned-approver in the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks, on Friday said he has hated India since he was a child, because Indian planes bombed his school in December 1971. While being cross-examined by a Mumbai court, Headley also said former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani had visited his home after his father passed away in December 2008. The former Lashkar-e-Taiba operative said his father was the former Director General of Radio Pakistan, a publicity wing of the country's Information and Broadcasting Ministry, and had objected to him being a part of the LeT.
During his cross-examination on Friday morning, Headley also admitted that he tried to organise funding for the Shiv Sena in the United States. He said he intended to invite Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray to the US, but there were no plans to attack him there. On Thursday, the Pakistani-American had said that the LeT tried to kill Thackeray, a hugely influential figure in Maharashtra politics who died in 2012.
Earlier, Headley had testified that Ishrat Jahan, who was killed by Gujarat Police, was also an LeT operative. The state's police and Bharatiya Janata Party government had come under fire for the alleged fake encounter in which she was killed. When asked on Friday why Headley had not mentioned Jahan's LeT link before, he said he was never asked about her, and that he had answered all questioned posed to him by investigative agencies. He also said Tahawwur Rana had created fake email addresses for him after the 26/11 and that he did recces around the military areas of Colaba, Mumbai, before the attacks.
This is the third day Headley is being cross-examined. The questioning is being led by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, a prime accused in the 2008 attacks. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam was also present. Headley, who was cross-examined earlier in March as well, said on Wednesday that he had donated up to Rs 70 lakh to the LeT till 2006. He is being held at an undisclosed location in the US.