Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) Pakistani-American LeT terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley said on Friday that former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited his house to pay condolences a few weeks after his father’s death on December 25, 2008.
Though he denied that Gilani had attended the funeral of his father Sayed Salim Gilani, a former diplomat and Director-General of Radio Pakistan, who died a month after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Headley said the former prime minister visited his home a weeks later.
Headley’s revelation came before Special Judge G.A. Sanap during his ongoing cross-examination by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan, defence counsel for Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, an accused in the 26/11 attack case.
Headley’s father expired on December 25, 2008 while his step-brother Daniel Gilani worked as a PRO in Prime Minister Gilani’s office, Headley told the judge.
He added that his father was aware of his association with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and was not happy about it.
However, when asked if his step-brother Daniel Gilani was aware of his LeT links, Headley merely said they lived in different cities of Pakistan.
But he said a friend in Pakistan, Saulat Rana, was in the know of his LeT connections and his recce trips to Mumbai.
Rana was not linked with LeT and he neither objected nor encouraged Headley who worked for the terror group, nor did he tour Pakistan with him before the 26/11 terror attack by Pakistani terrorists that left 166 people dead.
He added that his father was a noted poet and writer, and after his death Daniel had publicly clarified that the family had barely any connections with him (Headley) — who had changed his name from Dawood Gilani to David Coleman Headley at LeT’s behest to enter India easily.