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Headley wanted assignment in Kashmir: Document

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Updated: May 26, 2011, 1:07 AM IST
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Headley wanted assignment in Kashmir: Document
According to the new documents, it was in February 2002, Headley began attending training camps in Pakistan for LeT

Washington: After completing training in LeT camps in Pakistan, Mumbai attacks co-accused David Headley wanted an assignment in Kashmir, according to the federal document unsealed by the court.

The document unsealed at the request of the Chicago Tribune showed that he was not given his favourite assignment, as the Lashkar leaders wanted to use him for something else.

According to the new documents, it was in February 2002, Headley began attending training camps in Pakistan for LeT.

By December 2003, Headley had attended five separate courses, and had been trained in, among other topics, Lashkar's philosophy, the use of weapons and grenades, combat tactics, survival skills and counter surveillance methods.

After completing several camps, Headley became acquainted with a senior member of Lashkar Zakir Lakhvi ('Zaki'), who was responsible for Lashkar s military

Headley was anxious to be assigned to an operational assignment in Kashmir, but Zaki told Headley that he was saving Headley for a different assignment.

In July 2004, Headley attended a leadership course with Lashkar senior and junior leadership, the federal prosecutors said in the unsealed documents.

At that course, Zaki made a presentation regarding the killing of an Indian citizen who accepted money from Lashkar, but was then believed to have provided information about Lashkar activities to the Indian military. Zaki showed a computer animation depicting how the killing was carried out.

Also during that course, Headley attended meetings with Hafiz Saeed (the head of Lashkar), Zaki, and others.

During the meeting, Headley recommended filing a lawsuit challenging Lashkar's designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. Zaki explained to Headley that a lawsuit was a bad idea because it could lead to the public airing of Lashkar's activities.

According to the unsealed documents, following completion of the camps and leadership course, Lashkar assigned a series of 'handlers' to Headley.

"Initially, Headley was assigned to the handler Yakub. Headley complained to Zaki and others that Yakub did not give him any assignments. Thereafter, Headley was assigned to Muzzammill Butt, another senior leader within Lashkar.

Working for Muzzammill Butt was an individual named Sajid Mir ('Sajid')," it said.

"Eventually, Sajid, identified in the superseding indictment as Lashkar Member A, became Headley's 'handler'. Sajid was a resident of Pakistan, and a leader within Lashkar. Sajid was one of the main architects for the planning and preparation that led to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 and Sajid first assigned Headley to perform surveillance in Denmark in order to plan an attack there, as discussed more fully below," the documents said.

Headley met another Lashkar member co-defendant Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, to whom Headley and the defendant referred as 'Pasha' while attending a mosque frequented by Lashkar members.

Pasha was a retired Pakistani military officer who, at one point, was active in Lashkar, including participating as a trainer at one of its training camps.

First Published: May 26, 2011, 1:07 AM IST
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