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ISI's Iqbal had US cell number in Pak: Headley

David Headley's ISI handler Major Iqbal used a unique cell phone with US number to stay in touch with him from Pakistan while he was in Mumbai, the 26/11 attack co-accused testified today.

world Updated: May 27, 2011 02:30 IST

David Headley's ISI handler Major Iqbal used a unique cell phone with US number to stay in touch with him from Pakistan while he was in Mumbai, the 26/11 attack co-accused testified today.

Headley, a Pakistani-Amerian, said this during his cross-examination by Defence Attorney Charles D Swift on the fourth day of the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani of Canadian origin and another co-accused.

Swift: It(Iqbal's phone) was a fairly unique cell phone?

Headley: Major Iqbal had a unique cell phone (with US number). Through that he contacted me when I was in India. He gave me the number.

Swift: He told if something important call us on this number.

Headley: I had a cell phone in India. If it was urgent, he would call me.

It is widely believed that Major Iqbal used a New York cell phone number to stay in touch with Headley while he was in Mumbai for carrying out recces of targets for attacks and taking videos.

Headley had earlier said that Iqbal used the number when he was making casing videos and scouting suitable landing sites for the terrorists that would attack the city.

Asked by prosecution why the mysterious Major Iqbal had a US phone number, Headley said it was because he believed most phone calls between Pakistan and India were monitored.