Washington: Pakistani American David Headley on Wednesday stated that the National Defence College in Delhi was on the target as 26/11 mastermind Illiyas Kashmiri believed that this way he could kill more Indian brigadiers than what the Pakistan Army could not do in four wars with India.

Kashmiri who has emerged as mastermind of 26/11 met Headley and asked him to go to India again to do surveillance of the National Defence College in New Delhi and a number of Chhabad Houses in various cities of India.

When Headley, accompanied by Pasha, went to see Kashmiri in Waziristan in February 2009, he  had emerged as a "surveillance expert" among the Lashkar-e-Taiba circles thus a key element of plotting the terrorist attack.

"Kashmiri asked me to return to India. He said that his leadership was very upset over the recent Israeli strike on the Gaza strip and (thus) wanted retaliation," Headley said in response to a question, adding that Kashmiri wanted him to identify the Chhabad houses in India.

On way back he was given a list of Chhabad houses in India by Pasha.

Headley said since he was coming to India again, he was asked by Kashmiri to  visit National Defence College also which he described a prestigious Indian institution that teaches high level army offices, Colonels and above.

Pasha told him that if "we were able to conduct" attack on NDC then "we will be able to kill more Brigadiers than Pakistan has done in the four wars" with India.

Following the instructions from his handlers, Headley carried out surveillances of Chhabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Goa, along with that of the National Defence College.

He again went to Pakistan to hand over to them the surveillance materials including pictures and videos. David shared the NDC videos with Pasha, who was very happy with the materials and told Headley that he would definitely work on this target.

When asked how serious Pasha was on this project, Headley said. "What I got from him that it would be a target in the near future."

It is important for not only Pasha, but also for him, Headley stressed.

When Headley, shared the NDC plan with Rana, he said: "This would be a big deal".

However, he did not talk about the Chhabad house attacks.

The Mumbai terrorist suspect said that he was afraid of going back to India at this point of time.

Why?, he was asked.

"Because I have been coming in and out of India before the (Mumbai) attackand conducted the surveillance, (so I was) was concerned about being apprehended in India during the travel," he said.

But since this was a mission, he decided to go, not before sending an email to Tahawwur Rana and asking him what needs to be done in the event if his death and how to distribute money or take care the well being of his wives and children.

"I am travelling and things are so bad these days, I would like to leave a few instructions with you in case of my death or if I am anticipated for some reason," Headley wrote to Rana on March 3, 2009 in an email.

Headley’s will post 26/11

Apprehending arrest during his  visit to Indiaafter the Mumbai attacks, David Headley wrote a will and emailed it to his friend and co-accused Tahawwur Rana, as to what should be done to his wives and children in the event of his death or arrest.

"I am travelling and things are so bad these days, I would like to leave a few instructions with you in case of my death or if I am anticipated for some reason," Headley wrote to Rana on March 3, 2009 in an email.

Explaining the purpose behind this email, Headley said he was afraid of going back to India at this point of time because of increased surveillance.

"Why?" he was asked. "Because I have been coming in and out of India before the (Mumbai) attacks, conducted the surveillance, (so I was) was concerned about being apprehended in India during the travel," he said.

In the email he identifies his two wives as M1 and M2.

"First of all M2. Please get her to Canada as soon as possible. Till that time comes, send her USD 350 per month through Pasha. Communicate with her through him and don't give her your numbers, even if you call her, as the number doesn't show up on card calls. When she does get the visa, give her Canadian USD 6000 and ticket and instructions," Headley said.

"Regarding M1, sit with her and decide whether she should return home immediately, or after one year, or after two years. We will play this by ear if I am incapacitated, if I die then use your best judgment," he wrote.

"I would like my sons to get into Aicthison after their Hifz, to if you can swing it, great, and if not then whatever is the next best option," he said.

Rege-Headley friendship

While David Headley wanted to make friendship with Rajaram Rege so as to gain access to Shiv Sena, the latter apparently was looking to gain intimacy with the Mumbai terror accused to bag some multi-billion Indian contracts for US companies.

"If anybody from USA or any country wants a venture or invest in India I am the ideal person for them. Projects worth Rs 10,000 crores sanctioned by government are with me. Are you getting my point????" Rege wrote in an email to Headley on May 19, 2008, according to a copy of the email produced in the court by federal prosecutors.

Rege went ahead to lure Headley to get him big contacts in India because of his strong political connections.

"As you know that I am politically and socially very well connected here in Bombay (Mumbai), Gujarat and Delhi. Delhi is the place here Central government of India (Prime Minister India) rules. I have very strong personal relations with people ruling Mumbai (Maharashtra), Gujarat and Delhi," he wrote.

"There are lots of projects in thousands of crores (Indian rupees) regarding constructions, dams, canals, power, medicine, education etc lined up," he wrote.

The email refers to some detailed conversation between Headley and Rege about their joint future projects.

"If we recollect about our plans that I need to come there and give presentations and conferences with people there and generate funds. Please make a detail project report so that we can start our work on it gives business to you as well as to me," Rege wrote.

Headley told federal prosecutors that he sought guidance from his handlers in Pakistan as to how to respond to Rege's email.

Headley’s ISI connection

US federal prosecutors have presented to a Chicago court additional evidences linking strong connection between David Headley, the Mumbai terror accused, and officials of the Pakistan's spy agency ISI.

Through records of several emails exhibited in the court federal prosecutors established beyond doubt that Headley was in constant contact with ISI officials, in particular Major Iqbal, and his handlers in Pakistan.

In one of the emails to Major Iqbal, said to be an ISI officer, Headley writes to him about the latest spying gadgets. In this email, Major Iqbal uses the ID of 'Chaudhery Khan'. Headley told the court that Chaudhery Khan was indeed Major Iqbal.

In this email dated April 23, 2008, Headley sends Chaudhery Khan information on commercially available spy cameras and pen spy cameras.

Deposing before the Chicago Court, Headley conceded that he met Major Iqbal several time before the Mumbai terror attacks during which he issued specific instructions on every step right from establishing an office in Mumbai, to recruiting retired military personnel, making surveillance, giving list of targets and closing the Mumbai office.

Headley told the court that Major Iqbal, his ISI handler, made key decisions and was indeed the mastermind of the plot.

"Major Iqbal told me the Chabad House would be added on whatever list (of targets) there was because it was a front office for the Mossad" - Israel's intelligence agency, Headley said, adding that Major Iqbal "seemed upset the (Mumbai) airport was not included" as a target.

JPN/Agencies