India disappointed, US refuses to extradite Chicago Muslim who planned Mumbai Massacre

via Disappointed at US refusal to extradite David Headley: Salman Khurshid | NDTV.com.

India today expressed disappointment over the US’ refusal to extradite Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist David Headley even as it vowed to continue to pursue with its demand for bringing him here for his role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid also sent out a strong message to Pakistan saying there cannot be “any form of closure” to the Mumbai attacks unless all perpetrators, including LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, are brought to book.

He said India cannot “celebrate or be satisfied quickly” by some “hopeful” signs that emerged from Pakistan with regard to the case until people involved in the terror attacks on Mumbai are made accountable.

On Headley, he said India would continue with its demands though it understands that America has to adhere to its legal structure.

“Well it is disappointing, undoubtedly it is disappointing but we understand that they have a legal structure which has to be adhered to. We were anxious and we were wishing that the trial takes place here but it has taken place there (in US),” Mr Khurshid said.

He was asked to comment on US Attorney Gary S Shapiro testifying before a court yesterday ruling out extradition of Headley under a guilty plea that the Pakistani-American had entered into with the US government.

Noting that India wanted Headley to be punished for his role in the 26/11 attacks, he said the country was always firm that people involved in the attacks should be punished.

“I would imagine that the Home Minister (Sushil Kumar Shinde) would want us to continue with the demand (for extraditing Headley),” he said.

On Pakistan not acting against Saeed and whether India was disappointed with the US for not pursuing the case against the LeT chief aggressively, he hoped the US would take the issue further.

Headley was a planner of the Mumbai jihad attack:

“Headley played an essential role in the planning of a horrific terrorist attack.” He “not only worked at the direction of Lashkar-e-Taiba for years, but also with members of Al Qaeda.”

“Undeterred by the shocking images of death and destruction that came out of Mumbai in November 2008, Headley travelled to Denmark less than two months later to advance a plan to commit another terrorist attack,” he added.

Headley, 52, son of a Pakistani father and an American mother, who changed his given name of Dawood Gilani to scout targets in Mumbai without arousing suspicion, has pleaded guilty to his role in the attack that killed 160 people.

Headley could receive up to life in prison. Prosecutors had agreed not to seek the death penalty for Headley in exchange for his plea after he promised in 2010 to cooperate with US authorities.

US Attorney General Eric Holder noted at the time that he had provided extensive “valuable intelligence about terrorist activities.”

Holder never met a terrorist he didn’t like or help.

More on Headley here.

4 Responses

  1. We should get what ever intel he can give us and we should send him to India. We would expect the same if the roles were reversed.

  2. When it comes to Islamic terrorism, all freedom-loving nations should cooperate with one another to rid this planet of the common evil that faces them.

  3. 0 admin once again spitting in the faces of our allies- Holder’s office has pledged not to use any force to get info so why keep him?

  4. i am an indian and i feel that the double-standard attitude of US definitely boosts terrorism worldwide. if the roles were reversed, would not US pressurize india to hand over the culprit? You bloody americans have funny justifications for every exception you yourselves make to the self-made rules. Mind it, America is the most traumatised country in the world due to islamic terrorism. and if you bend rules to safe guard your interests to the disadvantage and danger of other people, you would be the victims at the end of the day. When will you, americans, learn from your past mistakes? A terrorist is a terrorist, whether he is an american citizen or an indian citizen. and he must be handed over to the victimized country for trial and punishment especially if his involvement is established.

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