"A million dollar question is why both dodgy Al-Qeeda’s chief Osama Bin Laden and ‘Mumbai Terror Mastermind and Suspect’ half Jewish US citizen David William Hedley were/are US assets? US should handover Mr. Hedley to the Indians for investigations so future wars could be avoided". 

One wonders how and why US – Israeli prophecies proved to be so true about every thing happens according to the script. The latest from US Secretary Gates to conclude that al-Qaeda is attempting to spark a war between India and Pakistan. Mr Gates while praising India for not attacking Pakistan immediately following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, warned India could not be expected to show such restraint if another attack happened.

Al-Qaeeda is a trump card which can be used against any one, any time and any where. Indians were intelligent not start war with Pakistan after Mumbai Terrorist attacks and might have realised ‘the game’ behind the attacks? Though there are millions naked and hungry Indians walking about and looking for toilets, yet its government managed to spend $billions to buy arms after the attacks. Indian media was quite active in exposing the role of a US citizen David William Hedley.

The Mumbai attacks were blamed on the Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) a small group operated in the Indian occupied Kashmir. Which denied involvement but then a Srinagar special branch official was arrested for providing mobile SIM cards to the alleged attackers. Mumbai attacks were too big for their shoes though some ‘useful idiots’ might have been lured into. According to a British defence think tank RUSI (Royal United Security Institute) expert, “around 100 people would require to do this kind of attack”.

But the fact of the matter is its master mind David William Hedley is a US citizen from Pakistani father and reportedly a Jewish mother. He was operating with the knowledge of the US security agencies. 

According to a senior security analyst and media reports, “Bizarrely David William Hedley was born in WashingtonUSA to a Pakistan diplomat father and a Jewish American mother traveling in and out of India without any problem. Indian investigators, who have been denied full access to Mr. Headley, suspect that he remained on the payroll of the US security services — possibly working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) — but switched his allegiance to LeT. Well it could be other way around Mr. Hedley might have been able to find some useful idiots?

“Worrying fact is that Mr. Hedley despite being firmly on the radar of the US intelligence agencies, he was allowed to return to India as recently as (March 2009). Indian officials are furious that their US counterparts did not share details of that visit at the time. The Indian media has raised the possibility that Mr. Headley was being protected by his US handlers a theory that experts say is credible”.

Mr. Headley, who changed his name from Dawad Gilani, was in Mumbai until two weeks before the attacks. He has been acting as Jewish to get access to into high elite circles. He came close famous Bollywood director Maheesh Bhat’s son and made full use of western looks”.

Indians though very close to the US are feeling that their US friends are not been really transparent.  David Headley was an agent for the DEA is known. He must have been known to the CIA in one way or the other. For example the border control system PICES used by the Pakistanis provide full access to the US agencies about the movements of people.”

Interestingly Indians refused to install PICES system for border control because US refused to give ‘re-configuration codes’ which would allow them to make changes’, reportedly. One can say whether he was being used by the CIA as well is a matter of speculation, but it is almost certain that the CIA was aware of him and his movements across the subcontinent.

So far US have denied extradition of Mr. Hedley to India. Mr Gopal Kirshana Pillai, Indian Home Secretary said his Government would seek the extradition of Mr. Headley the request has been stonewalled by US officials. It would be fair to say that US should fully support Indians in their investigations and handover the master mind.

The reality seems different as Kasab reportedly said, ‘he was arrested before the attacks and was shot in his foot by the security’. He might be Hedley’s useful idiot. The Asian Age reported, “Kasab has told his interrogators that it seemed that a "woman" had prepared the videos of the strike locations, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which were shown to him in Pakistan before the 10 terrorists set sail for Mumbai. A top government official said Headley’s Pakistani wife is a suspected LeT agent and had stayed at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel in 2007 before returning to Pakistan. Headley’s wife may also have been used to "recce" the 26/11 targets for the LeT, government officials suspect.”

Though Pakistani regime have failed to plead its case as Rehman Malik is proved to be self confessed ‘useful idiot’. It was Pakistan army who put foot down and warned the implications of ‘dummy airstrikes’ inside Pakistan to boost Indian moral. Bizarrely President Zardari defended Indian Air intrusion by making excuses for Indian Air Force as ‘technical fault’. On the other hand Pakistanis knew the flight path of the Indian jet all along and showed a F-16 ‘missile locked photos of Indian jet’ to the US General with a warning ‘we will bring down next time’. 

"A million dollar question is why both dodgy Al-Qeeda’s chief Osama Bin Laden and ‘Mumbai Terror Mastermind and Suspect’ half Jewish US citizen David William Hedley were/are US assets? US should handover Mr. Hedley to the Indians for investigations so future wars could be avoided". 

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is award winning journalist and writer on foreign policy & security based in London)

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