Rehman Malik rubbishes Headley’s testimony

Published: February 10, 2016
Indian court told mock Taj Mahal hotel was built for practice. PHOTO: FILE

Indian court told mock Taj Mahal hotel was built for practice. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik has rubbished the testimony of David Headley before a Mumbai court about his alleged role in carrying out the deadly Mumbai attacks in November 2008.

On the second day of his video-linked testimony from an undisclosed location in the US, the Pakistani-American claimed on Tuesday Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants planned to attack a meeting of Indian defence scientists at the Taj Mahal hotel about a year before they struck on 26/11. Headley told the court that he had attended a meeting of LeT operatives in Pakistan’s Muzzafarabad region in 2007, where the plan to kill the defence scientists was discussed.

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He said the meeting was attended by his Lashkar handler Sajid Mir among others. It was decided that “I should go to India”, tasked with the reconnaissance of the Taj Mahal Palace. “We made a mock Taj,” he said. “They were discussing the entrance and exit of the hotel and the location of the convention halls. They had information there was a meeting of Indian defence scientists in the near future… the plan was to attack during the meeting.”

The “plan to attack the conference hall in Taj was cancelled due to logistical reasons, like it was not possible to get weapons and personnel to the hall,” he added. Another reason was that he could not get details about the exact schedule of the conference, which was also cancelled later.

Headley, 55, was jailed for 35 years in 2013 by a Chicago court for his role in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The attacks, which lasted for three days, have long been a source of acrimony between India and Pakistan with New Delhi consistently calling on Islamabad to bring the alleged masterminds to justice. Headley said it was his wife Faiza who ratted him out. She told the US Embassy in Islamabad about his possible involvement in terrorist activities in January 2008. But his testimony raises questions why the US, which takes such threats seriously, did very little about the complaint.

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Rehman Malik, however, accused India of trying to defame Pakistan by concocting confessions out of Headley. “His confessions are all a pack of lies and fabricated statements,” Rehman, who heads the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, said.

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Brushing aside all “allegations levelled by India against Pakistan for ulterior motives”, the former PPP lawmaker claimed Headley was planted by Indian intelligence agency RAW for executing the Mumbai attacks and then getting concocted statements from him.

“We have the details about who paid tickets, who funded him and how he recruited non-state actors from Pakistan [for the attacks],” Rehman said.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th,  2016.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Kiran
    Feb 10, 2016 - 9:57AM

    HAHAHAHA, Rehaman Malik You are so correct. We tell our Indian Govt that don’t waste the time and money for these kind of investigation but they never listen. The whole world( Guess it is only pakistan for you. oops I forgot you are a Dual citizen VIP) know how much true ypu always told when you were minister. So We believe you with out any hesitation.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:32AM

    Yes as expected. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 10, 2016 - 11:00AM

    A blind man can tell the difference between day and night, but a seeing man deep inside his cave can’t.Recommend

  • Nithin
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:16PM

    Even after a pakistani (Kasab) was caught alive and paraded before the world, pakistanis denied involvement. So what else can we expect… Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Did anyone in the world expect any different from Pakistan?Recommend

  • Navin
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:31PM

    Sir…yes v agree with u….for fun he is in usa jail for 35 yearsRecommend

  • R.Subramanian
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:34PM

    All those non state actors are roaming freely in Pakistan and call for jihad against India. But still Pakistan’s state actors won’t take action against those non state actors. Recommend

  • Ravi
    Feb 10, 2016 - 1:07PM

    Really? That also means the US Judiciary which convicted Headley for the Mumbai Attacks and sent him away for 35 years is also an accomplice to maligning Pakistan. Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:37PM

    Whole world know who is Rehman malik lolRecommend

  • Vikram
    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:29PM

    Rehman is doing al-taqia I guess. It is time for UN to get involved.Recommend

  • John B
    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:51PM

    Mr. Malik, there is a logical common sense issue in your statement. Why would Hadley, supposedly a RAW agent as per your claim, would take 35 year sentence and still defamie PAK and give testimony in the US courts and in India courts as part of his deal.

    There is nothing wrong in admitting that Non state actors from PAK did the attack. After all, pak army is fighting the same non state actors all over pak even now. And ISIS is showing its tentacles as well. Recommend

  • SG
    Feb 10, 2016 - 7:02PM

    Headley is giving this testimony from US, under FBI’s arrest. How will India influence his testimony?Recommend

  • Babloo
    Feb 10, 2016 - 8:17PM

    What’s preventing Mr Malik from revealing the evidence he has ???
    India must understand once and for all that there is no such thing as ‘non-state actors’ in Pakistan when it comes to attacking India. India is fooling itself if it beleives exposing and shaming Pakistan will yield any results.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:56PM

    A man serving 35 years after proved guilty is lying! For what?Get a life malik!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Feb 10, 2016 - 11:46PM

    Second try!
    And just WHEN will those “Details” Rehman Malik talks about be provided to the press?????
    Never, just like those scores of (Empty!) Dossiers allegedly provided to UN among others!Recommend

  • Seriously??
    Feb 11, 2016 - 1:25AM

    IT exporter to world exposed but deliberate denial continues…shame on you Rehman Malik…you are actually failing your people.Recommend

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