Bengaluru, Feb 12: Pakistan's ISI and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba made every effort to give a saffron colour to the 26/11 attack. The testimony by David Headley today confirms this fact.
During his deposition made this morning, he says that he had visited the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai and while also shooting a video of the premises he purchased saffron coloured or sacred bands. [Day 5 Updates of Headley deposition]
The same was handed over to Sajir Mir who felt that it would be a good idea for the terrorists to wear so that it would appear they were Indians. While Pakistan is known for such tactics, what surprised many was that some Indians too bit the bait.
There were many who had also tried to say that the killing of the then ATS chief Hemanth Karkare was at the hands of some Hindu groups.
The diversionary tactic:
It does surprise one and all why Pakistan attempts this very obvious tactic. When the terrorists entered Mumbai and started the attack even a kid in school would have said that they were from Pakistan.
The style of the attack bore the signature of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which has carried out similar sort of attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. It was clearly a fidayeen attack.
The use of saffron threads was not the only attempt made by Pakistan to make it look like an attack by Indians.
Each one of the terrorists were carrying with them identification cards bearing names such as Sameer Chaudhary etc.
In addition to this, the terrorists also underwent a session in Hindi tutions. Their tutor was Abu Jundal who is currently facing trial in the Mumbai court where Headley is making his deposition.