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We will retaliate against India, Headley had told schoolmates

We will retaliate against India, Headley had told schoolmates

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 23, 2009

David Coleman Headley, the Pakistan-origin US national who is suspected of plotting another version of 26/11, showed his feelings for India in emails to his old schoolmates. Writing about India earlier this year, after the Mumbai attacks when ties between India and Pakistan were particularly low, Headley is reported to have said, "We will retaliate against India.''

These messages were sent by Headley to a Yahoo groups site with his former schoolmates from Hasan Abdal military school in Pakistan. The students call themselves 'Abdalians'. These remarks were part of impassioned discussions about politics and Islam, a report in the New York Times said.

In the aftermath of the Mumbai blasts, when Pakistan feared that India would attack it, terror group leaders like Baitullah Mehsud openly came out to say that they would fight against India on the side of Pakistan if hostilities broke out. Headley was clearly of the same persuasion.

The NYT report said in his email chats, Headley also complained about "NATO criminal vermin dropping 22,000 lbs bombs on unsuspecting, unarmed Afghan villagers'' or "napalming southeast Asian farmers''. When a Polish engineer was beheaded by the Taliban in Pakistan, Headley wrote, "The best way for a man to die is with the sword''. The FBI indictment against Headley, the report said, shows that Headley was at ease being both Islamic Pakistani and American. But somewhere along the line, though he embraced the American name David Headley, his beliefs were hardening into more extremist directions.

His uncle William Headley, who owns a day care centre in Nottingham, Pennsylvania, was quoted as saying, "Most people have contradictions in their lives but they learn to reconcile them. But Daood could never do that. The left side does not speak to the right side. And that's the problem.''

The reports paint him as someone with a Pakistani Muslim wife in Chicago but a make-up artist as a girlfriend in New York.

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