Mumbai cover: An immigration consultant

Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley admitted that he and military physician Dr Tahawwur Hussain Rana were batch mates at Cadet College Hasan Abdal in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, but said the latter knew very little of his activities.

Dr Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian resident of Chicago, who is an immigration service businessman and a former military physician, was held for plotting an attack on the Danish newspaper “Jyllands-Posten” and has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Rana was, however, not found guilty of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a charge for which he was originally detained.

When Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam asked did Rana know about his role till he was arrested, Headley said: “After 26/11 attack, he knew a bit…I told him not to come to India…near the very end he came to know.”

He admitted that Rana knew about the contents of the visa application and Raymond Sanders, his partner at the Immigrant Law Centre, Chicago.

Headley said that he was from the beginning aiming for a five-year business visa with multiple entry facility, which he got the second time. Asked about his cover story in Mumbai, he said, “….that of being an immigration consultant.”

Headley also said that Sajid Mir and Maj Iqbal were aware of the cover.

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