21 June, 2021

A Headley, Deadly Sim Story

An IB officer took a chance and planted three SIMs in a consignment for Pakistan. One of them turned up with the 26/11 attackers....

A Headley, Deadly Sim Story

It was on a foggy January morning in 2008 that an unusual parcel landed at the desk of an Intelligence Bureau officer. It had been intercepted at New Delhi railway station and the destination was Pakistan. It contained 30 prepaid SIM cards from Jammu and Kashmir. Since the cards couldn’t be used outside Kashmir, the officer decided to play what he calls a blind shot. He added three more SIM cards to the parcel, put all three under surveillance, and sent off the parcel. In hindsight, the blind shot paid off.

As the world debates the involvement of US national Daood Gilani, or David Headley, now deposing before a Mumbai court via video from an undisclosed location in America where he is serving a life sentence, security officials are una­ni­mous: the only purpose the deposition serves is part-PR. An Amer­ican national is confirming what India suspected all along: that the 26/11 attack of 2008 was the handiwork of the Pakistani intelligence. What esca­pes notice is the role of the American intelligence agencies in the biggest terror strike in...

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