Mumbai attacks: US terror trial opens

Upcoming Chicago trial could lend credence to suspicions that ISI was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks

Afp May 12, 2011

CHICAGO: The Chicago trial of a Pakistani man accused of helping to plot the deadly Mumbai attacks opens next week amid a diplomatic crisis which could worsen if evidence of Pakistan’s involvement is revealed.

The upcoming Chicago trial could lend credence to suspicions that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was involved in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people died.

“This is going to be yet another brick in this very large wall of suspicion that we have about Pakistan,” said Khalil Marrar, a political science professor at DePaul University who has been following the case.

Prosecutors are expected to object to any testimony which would implicate the ISI and focus the trial on the involvement of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Chicago businessman with dual Pakistani-Canadian citizenship. Rana is accused of providing a cover for David Headley.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2011.



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