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Updated: May 26, 2011 16:55 IST

Rana wanted top Pak honour for 26/11 attackers: Headley

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In this May 23, 2011 courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana is shown in federal court as the defence makes an opening argument in Chicago.
AP In this May 23, 2011 courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana is shown in federal court as the defence makes an opening argument in Chicago.

Tahawwur Rana, a co-accused in the 26/11 case, had proposed that nine of the 10 LeT militants who carried out the carnage should be decorated with Pakistan’s highest military award, the Nishan-e-Haider.

This was stated by David Coleman Headley, another prime accused in the Mumbai case in his testimony before the Chicago district court on the day 3 of the trial of his childhood friend, Mr. Rana, a Pakistani- Canadian.

Mr. Headley said that Mr. Rana had told him that nine of the 10 Mumbai attackers who died should be given Nishan-e-Haider.

The sole exception being Ajmal Kasab, who had been captured by Indian security forces.

Mr. Rana, Mr. Headley said, had also praised Sajid Mir, his LeT handler for the attack on the Chabad House calling him Khalid bin Walid, one of the greatest Generals in Islamic history.

Nishan-e-Haider, is Pakistan’s highest military decoration given to personnel, regardless of rank, for extraordinary bravery in combat.

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