Mumbai, Feb 10: David Headley who began testifying before a court in Mumbai in connection with the 26/11 trial has said that it was the Lashkar-e-Taiba which inspired him to carry out this job. I was a follower of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and its leadership inspired me, he also said.
Headley has been asked nearly 40 questions on Monday by the prosecution and the court. I am true follower of the Lashkar-e-Taiba he also said. The statements made by Headley so far are similar to what he has already confessed both before the FBI and the NIA.
Here are Live Updates of Day 3 of David Headley's deposition via video conferencing:
10:25 am: The deposition of David Headley has been adjourned till tomorrow. A technical snag had caused a delay. With no signs of the error being rectified, it has been decided to continue with the deposition tomorrow.
8.24 am: There has been some delay due to a technical glitch. Headley is expected to testify more about his stint in India and give details about his handlers in detail.
12.30 pm: David Headley deposition ends for Day 2.
12.19 am: David Headley has disclosed that ISI provides financial support to LeT: Ujjwal Nikam, Special Public Prosecuter
11.46 am: "Attacking the Taj hotel was crucial. A mock up of the Taj was made while planing the attack. The mock up was made to study the target areas in the hotel. This included discussing both the entry and exit points at the hotel," Headley reveals.
11.43 am: "For the Lashkar-e-Tayiba the ISI provides both moral and financial support," Headley tells court.
Headley also says that he met Major Sameer Ali of the ISI. I was working for the ISI where I met several people he also said.
11.18 am: "I used both a phone and a GPS device to carry out the reconnaissance. A Sony Ericsson phone was given to me by Major Iqbal while Sajir Mir gave me the GPS device. I used both to shoot videos and photographs of the targets," Headley has said.
11.20 am: Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's handler was Brigadier Riyaz who is part of the Pakistan army, David Headley told the court while also stating that he too was in the know of the 26/11 plan.
11.07 am: "During one of my visits in 2006, I took up a paying guest accommodation near the Breach Candy hospital. CST was meant to be an exit point for terrorists. No plans of attacking it first," Headley informs prosecution.
10.58 am: "I was told to survey Siddhi Vinayak temple. During the reconnaissance, I checked many sites which included landing points. I also surveyed other places such as CST, Police headquarters, Oberoi, Naval and air station."
Shot a video of Colaba police station, Leopold Cafe, and several other shops and hotels on the same road. I used GPS devices. These were used to store locations. These devices were provided to me by Sajid Mir. I even stored locations on the Arabian Sea," Headley said.
10.53 am: "I gave the videos and photos of Taj to Major Iqbal and Sajid Mir. I was appreciated by Mir and Major Iqbal for the videos and photographs of Taj that I had shot," Headley told the court.
10.52 am: "I was there at the Taj along with my wife Faiza living in on the second floor. I was told by Sajid Mir to conduct a reconnaissance of the second floor of Taj.After the reconnaissance I discussed it with Major Iqbal."
10.36 am: "My first stay in Taj was between September 14, 2006 and September 28, 2006. I did not bother to inquire about why Lashkar-e-Taiba targeted Mumbai," said Headley.
10.32 am: "Met Basheer for first time in Mumbai. He was a friend of Rana. Didn't know him prior to this. He arranged everything for me on day one," Headley says.
10.27 am: "First time I came to India was from Karachi on September 14 2006. Tawaahur Rana granted me permission to set up office in Mumbai. I was received at airport by Basheer Shaikh a friend of Tawwahir Rana," Headley has said.
10.23 am: "I don't know why they wanted to target Mumbai," Headley tells prosecution. "When I say logistics I mean sourcing weapons and personnel. I did not know that Lashkar-e-Taiba would target Taj hotel when I had shot videos and photographs."
10.14 am: Bangalore, Delhi were also targets prior to Mumbai says Headley.
10.09 am: "I would give a separate and exclusive briefing to the ISI after every visit to Mumbai," Headley has said.
10.04 am: "It is the ISI which has all the influence over the Lashkar-e-Taiba," Headley said.
10.03 am: More identifications- Headley identifies Abu al Qama, Sajid Mir, Abdul Rehman Pasha. 'Yes this is the man' says Headley when shown Sajid Mir's picture.
10.00 am: And in the midst of this, the US has made its customary statement, " we will help bring the 26/11 masterminds to justice."
9.50 am: "I met Major Iqbal for the first time in Lahore. There was a colonel from the Pakistan army too who was present. My first meeting with Abdul Rehman Pasha was at a Mosque in Lahore in 2003," he said.
The colonel that Headley refers to during the meeting with Major Iqbal is Lt Colonel Hamza of the Pakistan army.
9.45 am: "Major Pasha who told me to scout for targets in India was in the 6 Baloch regiment of Pakistan. He then joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba and later the al-Qaeda," Headley.
It is clear that the US embassy in Pakistan did not act on Headley's estranged wife Faiza's complaint. Headley told the court that she had complained about his Lashkar-e-Tayiba links to the US embassy in Islamabad.
9.26 am: "Both Saeed and Lakhvi report to Pakistan army and ISI. At the conspiracy meeting, Abu Khafa, Sajid Mir and I were present," Headley informs court.
On being shown a picture of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Headley said: "Yes this is Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. All terror groups in Pakistan have anti India agenda."
9.20 am: "I scouted hard for an Indian military man to carry out espionage activities," Headley tells the court. Headley also said allies of the United Jihad Council are Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen Mujahideen, Harkat ul Mujahideen. They work in PoK.
9.16 am: Headley tells court that his wife Faiza had in January 2008 complained to US Embassy in Islamabad that he was involved in terrorist activities.
9.11 am: "Lashkar-e-Taiba was always in touch with ISI and vice versa. I met Lakhvi for first time in 2003 at Muzzafarabar.
I also met with Maulana Masood Azhar in 2003 where he was guest speaker at a Lashkar-e-Tayiba programme at Muzzafarabad. Lakhvi was operations head," Headley said.
9.10 am: David Headley continues: "Focused on the convention hall of the Taj hotel while carrying out reconnaissance.The original plan was to attack the meeting of the Indian defence scientists at the Taj, but was called off. The conspiracy to attack Mumbai was hatched in November 2007 Hafiz Saeed told me to challenge the ban on Lashkar-e-Tayiba he needs to first discuss with ISI."
9.03.am: Headley spills beans on Major Pasha alias Abdur Hakim a former ISI man who joined the al-Qaeda, says ' Pasha was first asked to fight the Taliban, but he refused to do so and began training Lashkar men. I had even introduced Pasha to some of my contacts who used to deal in drugs. I had spoken about these contacts with Rahul Bhatt, but he did not know in what context I was talking about this.
Pasha is an important man in the set up and he has asked me to survey various targets in India. He has a lot of anti India operations up his sleeve and he runs the army of Fidayeens for this purpose.'
8.52 am: Major Iqbal of ISI trained me on how to gather intelligence. I preferred this part of the training since I found it to be more scientific: David Headley.
8.40 am: I was told to infiltrate into the Indian army by Major Iqbal of the ISI, David Headley tells the court.
8.31 am: Headley speaks of email exchanges he had with his handlers who included Sajid Mir and Major Iqbal. Headley had advised Hafiz Saeed to challenge the ban on Lashkar-e-Taiba .
8.28 am: David Headley reveals more, says Retired Major Pasha who gave weapon training to the Lashkar-e-Taiba cadres later joined the al-Qaeda.
"I was told to gather intelligence from the Indian army. I was also told to look for spies in the Indian army," David Headley.
8.25 am: David Headley is now speaking about the larger conspiracy behind the 26/11 attack.
7.58 am: Headley is being asked about the role of others in the 26/11 attack. He will be asked about Abu Jundal, the Hindi tutor of the ten terrorrists who is the main accused in the ongoing case.
7.49 am: David Headley has begun his testimony before the Mumbai court. This is the second day of his testimony.
7.27 am: What to expect from Headley today? His stint in India and how he carried out the reconnaissance for the 26/11 attack. Will he speak about his local links today?
7.15 am: David Headley testimony to continue. Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam has reached the Mumbai court where the testimony which commenced yesterday will continue.
(End of Day 1 updates)
David Headley's testimony will continue at 7 am tomorrow.
12.45 pm: Headley's revelation made it clear that there's a close nexus between ISI & LeT: Ujjwal Nikam
12.35 pm: Headley said that he was arrested in Peshawar in 2002/03 because he went to meet drug smugglers, says Ujjwal Nikam. When asked why he met smugglers, David Headley said that they wanted to send some weapons to India to fight for Kashmir, says prosecutor
12.30 pm: Headley also confirmed that there were two unsuccessful attempts in Mumbai before 26/11: Ujjwal Nikam
12.27 pm: David Headley has made some sensitive revelation: Ujjawal Nikam, Special Public Prosecutor. "Headley said that he changed his name from Dawood Gilani to David Headley in America after joining LeT," said Nikam.
12.18 pm: David Headley's testimony will continue at 7 am tomorrow.
11.54 am: Headley corrects prosecutor. "Let me correct you," Headley told prosecutor, Ujwal Nikam who asked him if he visited India 7 times. "I visited India 8 times- seven times prior to the attack and once after that."
11.53 am:Lashkar-e-Tayiba had carried out attacks in all parts of India. This was being done to assist the people of Kashmir to fight against the Indian army.
I was trained in intelligence gathering. I was given tips by Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi on the same.
11.51 am: Yes this is Hafiz Saeed the head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Headley told the court. I was inspired by his speeches. The goal of Saeed was to support the people of Kashmir by fighting with the Indian army.
11.50 am: email@example.com was the email id that Sajid Mir was using while communicating with me, Headley has said.
11.44 am: Tawahhur Rana helped me get an Indian visa. We were good friends. He was my school mate and later on he became a doctor in the Pakistan army. He helped me get a visa after we had met in a military school at the Punjab province in Pakistan, Headley tells court.
11.40 am: To a question what is Jihad, Headley told the court that it is deployed to fight the enemies of Islam. India is the enemy of Islam.
I wanted to fight in Kashmir. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi felt I was too old to be trained as a fidayeen. I was told that I would be used for something useful. I however got to visit five military training camps of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
11.33 am: David Headley says that the first time he met with Major Ali was when he had interrogated him. I was arrested on the Af-Pak border as i looked like a foreigner. Major Ali (an officer with the ISI) felt that I would be beneficial. I was then introduced to Major Iqbal of the ISI and from then onwards I was in touch with them along with Sajid Mir.
During the testimony, Headley also spoke about Hafiz Saeed. He spoke about his meeting with Saeed and also says that he is the one who heads the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
11.10 am: Headley also revealed during the testimony that there were two attempts that were made to attack Mumbai. It was only the third time that the attack went through sucessfully.
The Lashkar men made another attempt to carry out the attack in the first week of November, but this operation failed since they were unable to capture an Indian boat and use it to land at Mumbai. "I had thought that this operation had fizzled out and began focusing on the Denmark operation which we called as the Mickey Mouse project," he said.
However, on November 26 I received an SMS from Sajid asking me to switch on the television and the operation had begun. After the attacks were completed I met with Sajid and he told me that they did try and secure the release of Kasab but that did not work.
10.25 am: "All the visits that I made to India were directly from Pakistan. Only one visit was from the UAE. During my first visit, I shot a general video of Mumbai city. I even made one visit to India after the attack and that was on March 7 2009. This time I flew into Delhi from Lahore," Headley said.
Headley further said that he had visited India 7 times prior to the attack to carry out a reconnaissance. I visited India once after the attack too he said. Further he said that he was being handled by a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative called Sajid Mir.
"He told me to set up an office in India which would act as a cover for me. Further I got a business visa for five years done before visiting India. I even got my name changed from Dawood Gilani to David Headley before visiting India", he also told the court.
Headley who began his testimony earlier on Monday, Feb 8 appeared calm and composed. He also told the court that he had frequently visited Pakistan too where he met with the Lashkar-e-Taiba leadership.