23 June, 2021

‘Without ISI, The Mumbai Attack Would Not Have Been Possible’

What David Coleman Headley said to his Indian interrogators, as revealed by the NIA chargesheet

Priyam Dhar
‘Without ISI, The Mumbai Attack Would Not Have Been Possible’


  • Maj Iqbal was my handler. He and Lt Col Hamza listened to my plan for more than two hours. The Lt Col assured me of all financial help.”
  • Maj Iqbal paid me $25,000 (for the recce trip to Mumbai). He was already aware of the transportation of attackers to Mumbai through the sea route.
  • Maj Iqbal asked me to explore the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, especially its staff colony, as a target...
  • ISI was under pressure to stop the integration of Kashmir-based jehadi organisations with the Taliban-based outfits.
  • The commitment to jehad in Afghanistan influenced many to leave Kashmir-centric outfits. This compelled the LeT to consider a spectacular terrorist strike in India.


The National Investigation Agency (NIA), India’s premier agency to investigate terrorist-related cases which was set up in December 2008, interrogated David Coleman Headley, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,...

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