India hopes the testimony of 26/11 accused David Coleman Headley that ISI and its operatives were involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks will put pressure on Pakistan on its links with the terrorists.
Headley’s statement that the Pakistani spy agency and its operatives like Major Iqbal and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed had helped him in laying the groundwork for the Mumbai attacks has exposed Islamabad’s role in 26/11, government officials said Tuesday. Headley’s statement is considered to be the second big embarrassment for Pakistan after Osama bin Laden was found to be living in a Pakistani garrison town. “Both the incidents reflected Pakistan’s official agencies’ complicity with terrorists,” an official said.
The disclosure of Headley is likely to strengthen the lawsuit, filed in a federal court in New York, by the family of 26/11 victims Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka. In the lawsuit, ISI chief Shuja Pasha and LeT are being sued for the Mumbai attack.