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Lashkar’s D-link exposed?

world Updated: Jun 19, 2011 00:56 IST

Is Dawood Ibrahim’s D Company working with the Lashkar-e-Taiba?

Deposing in the trial of 26/11 co-accused Tahawwur Rana in a Chicago court last month, Lashkar operative David Headley told prosecutors that a senior leader of the Pakistan-based terror outfit, Abdur Rehman Hashim alias Pasha, told him Indian boys in Karachi were keen to work for him.

After fleeing India and then Dubai, Dawood is understood to have made Karachi his home, a fact vehemently denied by Pakistan.

The Indian intelligence community has for long known of the ‘Karachi set-up’, with Headley himself having spoken of it to National Investigation Agency (NIA) officers in June 2010. A report prepared by the NIA on Headley’s interrogation said, “The Karachi set-up is basically Abdurrehman’s — @Pasha — set-up.”

“Headley believes local Indian boys are involved in the Karachi group,” the report said.

It added that “the aim of the Karachi set-up is to launch operations in India by using militants of Indian origin”. Pasha also told Headley the Mumbai train attacks of 2006 were carried out by local Indian boys. "Pasha said he knew who the boys were (and) that they were local Indian boys."The Karachi group reportedly "launches boys from Maharashtra and Gujarat into India using sea routes". Headley told Indian interrogators there was probably a network of fishermen helping them.

Dawood's gang was responsible for the 1993 terrorist attacks in Mumbai - a string of 13 bombings on a single day (March 12) in retaliation against the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.

If Dawood's men were working with Pasha, they might even be working with the al Qaeda. "Abdur Rehman is directly in touch with the top brass of the al Qaeda," the report said.