Viewing the terror strikes unfold in Mumbai on television, David Headley’s first wife Shazia used code words like “I am watching cartoons” to convey to him that he had “graduated”, a term she used for success of the 26/11 strikes.
“I’ve been watching these cartoons (attacks) all day and I am proud of you,” Shazia wrote in an email to 50-year-old Mumbai accused during the strikes.
In her congratulatory message, Shazia also mentioned how proud she was to see his graduation (success of attacks), Headley told a Chicago court on the fourth day of the trial of co-accused Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana.
He told Defence Attorney Patrick W Belgan in court that after the Mumbai attacks began many people congratulated him, besides Shazia.
Shazia was even aware about Headley planning Denmark attacks and had booked plane tickets for him from Denmark to Frankfurt to Dubai and Pakistan.
However, Tahawwur Rana, the 26/11 co-accused, did not congratulate co-conspirator David Coleman Headley, unlike several others, on the success of the Mumbai attacks, attorney of the Pakistani-Canadian said during the trial.
Rana’s attorney Patrick Blegen told a Chicago court that for 26/11 carnage, Headley was congratulated by his brother Hamza and wife Shazia among several others, but not by Rana.
‘Lower-level ISI staff might be involved’
With the trial of terror accused Tahawwur Rana revealing the ISI link to 26/11, former Pakistan foreign secretary Shaharyar Khan has said lower-level rogue elements in the spy agency might be involved in the carnage.
He, however, said he has “very much doubt” that ISI and military as institutions would like to be part of something like Mumbai attacks as that would be “counter-productive”.
“...the crucial question is that did Major Iqbal act under instruction from ISI hierarchy or is he one of these people who are operating on their own at lower levels,” he told CNN-IBN during an interview.