Mumbai: Pakistani-American LeT terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley said here on Friday that he nursed a hatred towards India and Indians since December 1971 when his school was bombed by Indian fighter planes during India-Pakistan war which saw the creation of Bangladesh.
“I have this hatred… towards Indian since December 7, 1971… When Indian planes had bombed my school… The school was destroyed and many people who worked there had died,” Headley claimed on the third day of his ongoing cross-examination before Special Judge G. A. Sanap on Friday.
He was replying to the questions posed by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan, the defence cousel for Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the key plotters of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
Headley was referring to the bombing of his school during the India-Pakistan war which saw the dismemberment of East Pakistan that became Bangladesh.
The childhood incident when he was barely 10 years old left such an imprint on his tender mind that Headley decided to join the Lashkar-e-Taiba later to avenge the bombing of his school.
He admitted that it was one of the reasons why he joined the LeT years later.
Headley said that his father was retired DG Radio Pakistan, who died on 25th December, 2008. The then Pakistan PM Yousaf Raza Gillani visited his house not at the funeral, but after a few weeks. His father had objected to his association with LeT.
In another disclosure, Headley said that he was never questioned or interrogated in connection with 9/11 US attacks. NIA didn’t suggest me to take Ishrat Jahan’s name, said David Headley during cross examination by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan.
Headley is being cross-examined by Khan via video-conferencing from an unknown location in the US where he is currently undergoing a 35-year jail sentence for the 26/11 and Denmark terror strikes.