A Pakistani serving Major allegedly managed terror suspect David Coleman Headley’s reconnaissance activities in India that led to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
According to the three dossiers India provided to Pakistan in February, Major Iqbal, a Pakistani officer suspected to be working for the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), had “directly handled Headley’s surveillance activities inside India”. “These include at locations in Mumbai that were later attacked on November 26, 2008, by LeT’s ten-man attack team,” said a security official not authorised to talk to media.
“It was Major Iqbal who would brief Headley in Pakistan before each of his visits to India for surveillance activities between 2006- to- 2008; the Major would tell him about the targets, how to carry out its surveillance and get the resultant reports in audio and visual modes,” said the officer. The Major also took care of Headley’s expenses in India.
The dossiers also sought the custody of Pakistani terrorist, Ilyas Kashmiri. Kashmiri is the chief of the ‘313 Brigade’ and acts as the ‘military operations head’ of the Al- Qaeda. Intercepts reveal that Kashmiri told two attackers inside Nariman House, “Keep fighting, Brigade 313 has been deployed”.