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American Victims Of Mumbai Attacks Want US Spy Agencies “Friend” David Headley To Testify Against ISI

WASHINGTON – American nationals and relatives of those killed in Mumbai terror attacks want the confessed LeT operative and friend of American spy agencies like the CIA David Headley to take the stand in a New York law suit they have filed against Pakistan’s ISI for plotting the bloody mayhem.

The victims have also stuck claim of $10 million per death and $3 million per injury from the Pakistan’s spy agency on the lines of compensation received by those killed in the Pan Am terror bombing case.

The kin of those killed have filed cases against the ISI and its chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and the organisation’s former chief Gen Nadeem Taj.

“Plaintiffs will seek deposition of Headley regarding the ISI’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks as well as any information he has regarding whether the ISI was operating without the consent and knowledge of the Pakistani government,” said attorney James P Kreindler, who represents the American victims of 26/11 in the New York court.

As many as four such cases have been filed against the ISI in New York. Kreindler represents the plaintiffs in all the four cases.

Kreindler in his recent submission before the New York court referred in detail the statements by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Justice with regard to the ISI in the David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana case related to the Mumbai terrorist attacks in Chicago.

During grand jury proceedings, David Headley testified under oath that he “had been asked to perform espionage work for ISI” and that, at the behest of the ISI, he was on “assignment to conduct surveillance in Mumbai”.

During the hearing, Headley testified that the ISI trained him to go into India on secret missions, including in preparation for the Mumbai attacks.

Headley also stated that in 2006 his ISI handlers provided him with funding in order to open a cover business in Mumbai called First World Immigration.

A compensation claim has also been made before a New York district court

An attorney representing some of the US victims of 26/11 said that they have informed the US Government that they are seeking “the same compensation, $10 million per death and $3 million per injury, that was received by the 270 Pan Am 103 plaintiff and all the US plaintiffs with suits against Libya under the 2008 Libyan Claims Resolution.”

On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 heading from London’s Heathrow International Airport to New York Kennedy International Airport exploded en route over Lockerbie, Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 of the passengers and crew, as well as 11 residents of Lockerbie.

This has also been informed to attorney Kelvin Wash, who represents the ISI and its present and past chiefs in the New York Court, against whom the 26/11 relative of victims and survivors have filed a case for their involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Wash in his latest submission argued that the court does not has any jurisdiction over the ISI as it is a foreign agency and thus subject to immunity.

The court has not set the next date of hearing in this regard, but the attorney James P Kreindler, who represents the American victims of 26/11 argues that the court indeed has jurisdiction over the ISI as it is a separate entity other than the government of Pakistan.

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