Kasab was to be traded with Israeli hostages of 26/11: Headley

Updated on Mar 26, 2016 01:19 AM IST

Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley told a Mumbai court that LeT intended to negotiate for the release of Ajmal Kasab in return of the hostages held in Nariman house at the time of 26/11 terror attack in 2008.

Pedestrians walk past a poster depicting the hanging of Pakistani-born Mohammed Ajmal Kasab.(AFP)
Pedestrians walk past a poster depicting the hanging of Pakistani-born Mohammed Ajmal Kasab.(AFP)
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley told a Mumbai court that LeT intended to negotiate for the release of Ajmal Kasab in return of the hostages held in Nariman house at the time of 26/11 terror attack in 2008.

Giving details shared by his LeT handler Sajid Mir, Headley on Friday said, “one of the attacker was arrested. Mir had told me that they were trying to contact other attackers in Chabad house to contact the Israel embassy to try and trade the release of the hostages for the attacker.”

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Headley made the revelations before special judge GA Sanap during his cross-examination by Abdul Wahab Khan, lawyer for Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Khan on Friday questioned Headley about the execution of the 26/11 attack. Khan asked Headley if Mir had asked him to call the Israel embassy and negotiate with the government. Annoyed with the question Headley said it was not possible as he was sitting in Lahore and was not in contact with Mir during the time of the attack.

Gilani visit

Headley also told the court that former Pakistan Prime Minister Raza Gilani had visited his residence after the death of his father, former director general of Radio of Pakistan post 26/11 Mumbai Terror attack.

“It is not true that the funeral of my father was attended by former Prime Minister Raza Gilani. But few weeks after the death of my father.”

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    Charul Shah is senior reporter covering the legal beat for Hindustan Times. She has spent over a decade in the industry covering criminal investigations and judiciary from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

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