POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 26, 2009 AT 20:40 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 26, 2009 20:40 IST

"Jordari, Jordari," the voice is reported to have said in perfect Benglish, "I weel shee you."

Words to this effect is what, we all laughed last year, must have made a rattled Asif Zardari rush to the Americans, complaining Pranab Mukherjee had threatened him at the height of the Mumbai siege.

Except the Benglish-spouting gent wasn't Pranab.

It now appears that the hoax calls that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war post 26/11 were -- yes, it seems incredulous -- made by none other than Omar Saeed Sheikh, one of the dreaded terrorists freed by India during the Kandahar hijack crisis.

Surely the Pakistanis cannot be that easily fooled? Particularly, because anybody who has heard or met Pranab-da -- as Zardari indeed has -- would always remember his distinctively endearing accent.

That someone could have put on a heavy Bengali accent and mimicked Pranabda, we thought, was a possibility. But Omar Sheikh?

He apparently tried calling Condi Rice and Pranab Mukherjee himself and was not allowed access, which is how it should be when it comes to call filteration for such high-profile personages.

It does beggar belief that not only were the calls actually put through to Kiyani and Zardari or, as the Dawn report puts it, that Gen Kayani was bewildered by the caller’s threatening tone.

He is confined in a high security cell of Karachi Jail, has a long record of militancy, from kidnapping foreigners in Mumbai in 1994 to possible involvement in 9/11, Parliament attack case and kidnapping Daniel Pearl in Jan 2002. But still has -- or, at least, had -- access to a mobile phone that he seems to be putting to good use. I am amazed that the Americans aren't even ensuring that he was being monitored properly.  Another common thread of course is that Omar Sheikh's Pak handler Ilyas Kashmiri also handled Headley, also under investigation for 26/11

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 26, 2009 AT 20:40 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 26, 2009 20:40 IST
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3/D-16
Dec 03, 2009
05:00 AM
omar sheikh is in prison because of pressure from the
west. he is a mujahaddin. pretty sure he is treated as
an honoured guest.

same goes for all terrorists in pakistani jails.
gayatri devi
delhi, India
2/D-27
Dec 02, 2009
08:51 AM
"It only reflects the sorry state of affairs in jails, in Pakistan."

You think it doesn't happen in Indian jails??
MK Saini
Delhi, India
1/D-49
Dec 01, 2009
05:11 PM
It is astonishing to learn that Omer Saeed Sheikh have used cell phone inside a prison at Hyderabad. The crux of the whole issue is: How did a cell phone get inside a jail to a prisoner? Does it not indicate lack of responsibility and dereliction of duty of the jail personnel concerned? The deputy inspector general, prisons, Hyderabad, Mr. Allauddin Abbasi have admitted of the "loose system" in the jail? As a senior officer of the jail did he take measure to plug the loose system? It only reflects the sorry state of affairs in jails, in Pakistan.
ANOOPAM MODAK
DELHI, India
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