Headley's revelations exposed Pakistan, says Rajnath Singh

PTI2_3_2016_000313A (File) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Pakistan has been "exposed" after David Headley's revelations, but made it clear that India wants to maintain cordial relations with that country.

"David Headley deposition has exposed Pakistan but we still want to maintain cordial relationship with Pakistan', he told reporters at the airport here.

Singh is in the city to attend the concluding function of the state-wide Vimochana Yatra undertaken by BJP state President Kummanan Rajasekharan.

'Opposition should apologise'

Singh asked the Congress, Left and other opposition parties if they were prepared to apologise to the nation for their "malicious campaign" against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the killing of Ishrat Jehan in an encounter in Gujarat in 2004.

He said Pakistani American terrorist David Headley in his deposition had clearly admitted that Ishrat Jehan hadlinks with Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"You must have heard what Headley has said in his deposition. Using Ishrat Jehan's name, various allegations were made against our party leaders. On that matter, Headley has clearly stated that she (Ishrat) had links with LeT," he said.

"I want to ask Congress, Communists and other parties who had continuously launched a malicious campaign to mislead the people on this issue, whether they are prepared to tender apology to the people of the country," he said.

Headley, who testified via video-link from US, had picked up her name when questioned by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam about a "botched-up operation" mentioned to him (Headley) by LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

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