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Former Pak. PM Gilani visited my house: Headley

In a fresh revelation, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley testified before a court on Friday that in 2008 former Pakistan Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani had visited his house in Pakistan to condole the demise of his father, who worked as a Director General of state-run radio, Radio Pakistan and died a few days after the 26/11 terror attacks.

Headley also spoke about his hatred for India after his school was allegedly destroyed in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Deposing via video conferencing from the U.S. before Judge G.A. Sanap in the 26/11 trial against Abu Jundal, one of the alleged plotters of the Mumbai attacks, Headley denied that former Pakistan Prime Minister was present at the funeral of his father on December 25, 2008. “The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, visited my house a few weeks after my father’s demise on December 25, 2008,” he told the court.

He said his father had objected to Headley’s association with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

‘Attackers honoured’

In another shocking disclosure, Headley said that in a conversation he had with fellow convict Dr Tahawwur Hussain Rana in September 2009, he had said that all the nine attackers who were killed in anti-terror operations during the 26/11 attacks should receive the highest gallantry awards of Pakistani military, “Nishan-e-Haider.”

Referring to the 1971 Indo-Pak War, the 55-year-old told the court that he had hated India and Indians since childhood as his school had been bombed in December 1971 by Indian fighter planes. The bombings destroyed the school and killed some school employees, he said. Headley said he wanted to cause maximum damage and loss to India.

‘Helped J&K separatists’

He also said that one of the reasons for him joining the LeT was to avenge the bombing, and therefore he travelled to Kashmir to assist separatists fighting against the Indian troops.

Also read: >U.S. agency asked me to visit Pakistan, claims Headley

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