Political parties trade charges on Headley’s deposition on Ishrat Jahan

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Grilled Headley disclosed the plot to Indian interrogators in June
David Coleman Headley Photo: CNN

The BJP and the Congress traded charges following Pakistani-US terrorist David Coleman Headley’s deposition that Ishrat Jahan was a Laskhar-e-Taiba operative.

While the ruling party demanded an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Congress said that it was nothing but an attempt to justify a fake encounter.

At a BJP press conference, commerce minister Nirmala Seetheraman said the Congress must apologise for the cover up it had made on Isharat Jahan’s LeT link. The former home minister must appear before the media and clarify. Congress let down national security.

Earlier, Headley’s testimony before an NIA team in 2011 in the US claimed Jahan was a Lashkar terrorist.

According to CNN-IBN, a fiery Musarrat Jahan rejected the revelation made by Headley that her sister Ishrat Jahan’s sister Musarrat Jahan has dismissed the revelation made by LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley that her sister was Lashkar operative. Stating that probe had proved the encounter fake, she said “a terrorist” cannot be trusted.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, in Thiruvananthapuram, has asked the Congress and other parties if they were prepared to “say sorry” for their “spiteful campaign” against Modi.

He told media that Headley’s testimony had “exposed Pakistan”, but want to “maintain cordial ties with it.”

In New Delhi, MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju said, “Everything is good for the Union government, security agencies and prosecution.” Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said, “This is the first time a witness has indicted Pakistan for sponsoring terror activity in India.”

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the “question” was whether Ishrat Jahan and her associates were killed in a fake encounter. “If BJP wants to stand with those accused by the CBI in a Gujarat HC-monitored process that they were accused or complicit in the fake encounter. We are not a banana republic.”

In a statement, Vrinda Grover said the prosecutor “cannot give multiple choice questions to Headley, ask him leading questions and extract an answer. An approver’s statement is a weak piece of evidence and requires corroboration.”