25 may 2011
LeT, ISI hatched plot to kill Bal Thackeray
A plot was hatched by ISI and LeT to assassinate Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, according to David Headley; ISI also wanted to target Mumbai airport among other targets
Chicago: Mumbai attacks co-accused David Headley, who scouted Shiv Sena headquarters, today testified there was a plot involving his handlers in Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and terror outfit LeT to assassinate Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
Giving his testimony on the second day of the trial of 26/11 co-accused Tawahhur Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, Headley, a Pakistani-American, talked about the hatred against Shiv Sena among his Pakistani handlers. 166 people were killed in the November 2008 attack in Mumbai.
Headley, who has pleaded guilty, also told the jury how he gave details about the potential landing sites in Mumbai to his Pakistani handlers.
According to Headley, his Pakistani handlers–Maj Iqbal of ISI, Sajid Mir of Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT), Pasha, Rana and himself shared their hatred towards Shiv Sena and they thought it is a terrorist outfit.
During the first hour of the testimony on the second day, federal prosecutors are trying to prove that Headley had direct communication with Rana and his handlers in Pakistan Major Iqbal, Sajid and Pasha.
Questioning his links with the Sena, the prosecutors are bringing in communication between Headley and Reggie (the PRO of Uddhav Thackeray, son of Bal Thackeray), which Headley describes as an effort to penetrate into Shiv Sena. Rajaram Rege is Shiv Sena’s Public Relations Officer.