Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley has stirred up a political storm by identifying Ishrat Jahan as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, vindicating the stand of the BJP that she was indeed a terrorist. However, the Opposition has questioned the manner in which public prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam posed the question on Ishrat to Headley.
It is because while Headley could not name any women suicide bombers, he was asked to identify it form three options given by Nikam, of which he picked up Ishrat Jahan’s.
Here’s how the conversation between Headley and Nikam during his video-conference witness examination in the bombay court with regard to 26/11 trial on February 11 went. It was put up by Facebook page ‘Justice for Ishrat Jahan Now’, and was also shared by former lawyer for Jahan, Vrinda Grover.
Q. (Public Prosecutor): there is a women’s wing in the LeT?
A. (David Headley): yes.
Q. (Public Prosecutor): who is the head?
A. (David Headley): the mother of Abu Aiman
Q. (Public Prosecutor):are there female suicide bombers in LeT?
A. (David Headley): no I don’t know
Q. (Public Prosecutor): can you name a suicide bomber?
A. (David Headley):I cannot name.
Q. (Public Prosecutor): was there a botched up operation in India?
A. (David Headley): there was a botched up operation which I learnt while Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi was talking to Muzzamil Bhat
Later I asked Muzzamnil and he told there was a female member of the LET who was killed in a police shootout at a naka (picket). Exact place I cannot recall.
Q. (Public Prosecutor): I gave you three options. Noor Begum. Ishrat Jehan and ((xxx))
A. (David Headley): Ishrat Jehan
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