POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 19, 2009 AT 21:59 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 19, 2009 21:59 IST

Joseph Tanfani in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Headley, born Daood Gilani, is the son of a prominent Pakistani diplomat and the late Serrill Headley, founder and former owner of the Khyber Pass pub/restaurant at 56 S. Second St.

Serrill Headley, who grew up in Bryn Mawr, split with her husband, and lost custody of her children in Pakistani courts. "In Pakistan, men own the children. There are no rights for women," she said in an interview in 1974.

After 10 years in Pakistan, Serrill Headley moved to Philadelphia, bought a 100-year-old tavern in 1973, and turned it into a bustling nightspot.

After two earlier attempts to get her son out of Pakistan failed, she succeeded in 1977.

In Philadelphia, however, he suffered from culture shock. Raised as a Muslim, he was having trouble adjusting to the idea that his mother ran a bar, an Inquirer column said.

"He has never been alone with, much less had a date with, a girl, except the servant girls of his household," an Inquirer column said back then.

Read the full piece at Philadelphia Inquirer: From Pakistan to Phila.: A terror suspect's journey


POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 19, 2009 AT 21:59 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 19, 2009 21:59 IST
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Daily Mail
Nov 22, 2009
07:32 AM

There must be still many Hadleys and Ranas in America and elsewhere under different agendas and purposes.The CAIR will sooner or later will be asked to pack up as that too is under the scanner for its nefarious activities.Chameleons change colour while the tiger cannot change its stripes.So are these jihadi and jihadi sympathisers.
Bangalore, India
Nov 22, 2009
03:38 AM
A perniciously pertinent and poignant article on this issue by kanchan Gupta..


I had almost forgotten about this incident till I read news reports this past week how the Consulate General of India in Chicago had issued multiple entry visas in October 2008 to a suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorist and Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, and his wife, Samraz Rana Akhthar, in what appears to be blatant violation of standing instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs — that all visa applications received from people of Pakistani origin must be forwarded to the Ministry for its clearance. Amazingly, the Consul General issued the visa under his ‘discretionary quota’.

Irrespective of whether the FBI is able to substantiate its charges against Tahawwur Hussain Rana and his accomplice, David Coleman Headley, an American citizen of Pakistani origin who was christened Daood Gilani and is the son of a ‘prominent’ Pakistani diplomat, who have been accused of plotting terrorist strikes in India, we need to know how were they able to secure visas without any trouble. Who took the decision? On what basis? Was a background check done? Were rules violated? And, more importantly, will officials who were sufficiently careless about their job to facilitate the entry of potential terrorists into India be punished? Or will the Brotherhood of Babus get into the act and ensure that no action is taken?

This week, on November 26 we will observe the first anniversary of the fidayeen attacks on multiple targets in Mumbai, in which at least 173 people were killed and more than 300 wounded, that were planned and executed by the LeT from its base in Pakistan. The Government of India claims that several measures have been initiated to make it difficult, if not impossible, for terrorists to enter India. That would mean loopholes have been plugged and barriers raised to keep out unwanted and undesirable visitors. Yet, we are now told that a Consul General of India issued visas from his ‘discretionary quota’ to a man who was plotting terrorist attacks on high profile targets in this country. Did he use his ‘discretion’ and exercise his judgement? Or was he asked to issue the visas? Did he by any chance get a call from someone in New Delhi? As my experience in Cairo shows, this cannot be ruled out entirely.

Instead of lighting candles, we should be asking these questions and demanding replies from the Government. That would be a fitting tribute to the victims of 26/11.
Anil Kumar
Toronto, Canada
Nov 21, 2009
11:25 PM

i suppose like many other pakistani,s he was indocrinated with the ideals of islam.

even after liveing in usa, he chose what he liked best.
killing kaffirs.
gayatri devi
delhi, India
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