ISI Provided Me Training in Lahore: Headley


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In this courtroom sketch, David Coleman Headley is shown in federal court, in Chicago.

ISI Provided Me Training in Lahore: Headley

PTI | Lalit K Jha/Himani Kumar/Chicago | May 26, 2011

Dissatisfied with the military and espionage training received by Mumbai attacks accused David Headley from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan‘s spy agency ISI provided him a special discourse in Lahore for carrying out surveillance ahead of the 26/11 carnage.

“ISI did provide me (espionage) training,” Headley told a Chicago court as he was grilled by the defence attorney Charles D Swift on the third day of the trial today of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, another co-accused in the 26/11 attacks.

The training by the Pakistan intelligence agency to Headley was provided by Major Iqbal, who was his ISI handler, on the streets and in a two-storey safe house in Lahore near the airport, the 50-year-old Mumbai terror accused told jury during the course of questioning by Swift.

Headley told the court that when he met Major Iqbal in 2006, he expressed dissatisfaction at the military and espionage training that he had received from the LeT earlier.

Major Iqbal, who was identified by Headley as ‘Chaudhery Khan’, told him that the training received from LeT was “not very good” and was “very elementary”, so he decided to give instructions to him.

It was a two-storey house in a residential neighbourhood and there was a small compound outside the house, Headley said when pressed by Swift during the closing hours on the third day of the trial. Continue reading