Washington, Apr 12: After Mumbai 26/11 attacks in 2008, Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers - Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani have met for the first time during the World Cup semi-final in Mohali. The two nations extended their "friendly" relations with cricket diplomacy. But a recent revelation about the grievous terror attacks in Mumbai may mar the relationship forever.
The main accused of the 2008 terror attacks - David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana reportedly implicated the Pakistani government and its intelligence agency ISI in the ghastly attack and not the terror outfit - Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Ahead of his court trial in Chicago, Rana reportedly said that his alleged role in providing necessary materials to the 26/11 terrorists "were done at the behest of the Pakistani government and the ISI, not the Lashkar terrorist organization."
Meanwhile, the recorded testimony of Headley before the grand jury, also suggested, "'I (Headley) also told him (the defendant Rana) about my meetings with Major Iqbal, and told him how I had been asked to perform espionage work for ISI."
However, recently, an Illinois district court rejected Rana's attempt at what is known as a ''Public Authority Defense,'' in which the defendant essentially argues that he did something at the behest of a government or its official authority.
During the Illinois court proceedings, Rana reportedly said, "he (Rana) acted pursuant to his actual or believed exercise of public authority on behalf of the government of Pakistan and the ISI."
The Illinois court rejected Rana's defence as stating, "Defendant cannot rely on the authority of a foreign government agency or official to authorize his violations of United States federal law."