An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Headley filmed Bhabha atomic facility for ISI

David Headley videotaped the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and its large residential colony in Mumbai for the ISI. This video, Headley revealed, was not given to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

During his interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Chicago, Headley said, “(in March 2008) Major Iqbal (who he described as his “handler” in the ISI) asked me to explore BARC in Mumbai and specially its staff colony as a target. He gave me the mobile phone camera (and) some counterfeit money.” After he returned, Headley gave the video to Iqbal but did not give it to his LeT colleague, Sajid Majid.

The thread running through his answers is the importance and control of the ISI in these operations — from planning to funding and training. He was clear that LeT’s top leadership remains very close to the ISI. After the Mumbai attacks, he said, Zaki-ur-Rehman, lodged in Adiala Jail was visited by none less than ISI chief General Shuja Pasha, who wanted to get full details of the Mumbai conspiracy.

Bob Woodward, in his book “Obama’s Wars”, writes that Shuja Pasha was called in to Washington to explain the Mumbai attacks. He reportedly said there were some ex-ISI officials involved but no serving officer. Later, Woodward says, the CIA received more information that contradicted Pasha. Mumbai attacks were planned by the ISI.

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