Pak diplomat in Chicago knew Headley, Rana: FBI

Pak diplomat in Chicago knew Headley, Rana: FBI

The FBI in its revised charge sheet filed before a Chicago court said the Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago personally knew both Rana and Headley alias ‘Daood Gilani’, as all three of them were from the same high school.

According to the website of the Pakistan Embassy here, Dr Aman Rashid is the Consul General in Chicago.

“On or about September 25, 2009, Rana spoke by telephone with the Consul General at the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago in an effort to obtain a five-year visa for Headley to travel to Pakistan. It is clear from the email traffic unrelated to terrorist plotting that the Consul General knows Rana and Headley personally as the three attended the same high school,” the FBI claimed.

However, the affidavit, a copy of which has been obtained by PTI, does not say anything whether the Consul General was aware or had any inclination of the terrorist connection of Rana and Headley.

Rana, 48, and Headley, 49 are not only residents of Chicago, but were products of the same military school in Karachi.

American national Headley, whose assistance was sought by  the LeT in planning a major terror attack in India, was helped by his Pakistani-Canadian friend Rana to obtain a visa to Pakistan so that he can travel to NWFP for training and meeting the LeT leaders, federal prosecutors have charged.

The charge sheet also indicates that the LeT was planning to use Headley for a major terrorist attack in India.