PM denies link with terror accused held in U.S.

ISLAMABAD: Describing malicious, Prime Minister House on Sunday strongly rebutted an Indian media news trying to link Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani with the family of detained U.S. terror suspect Daood Gilani reportedly alias David Coleman Headley.

According to the PM House reaction to the Press Trust of India story from Chicago, this was not for the first time that Indian media made such baseless and malicious claims about Prime Minister Gilani. Incorrect facts in the malicious news of the state-owned PTI clearly indicate that was juncture of misinformation aimed at maligning the Prime Minister exploiting the surname Gilani of the suspect’s late father. The PTI report from Chicago claimed that Premier Gilani attended the funeral of Headley’s Pakistani father Saleem Gilani in December 2010 while exact date of his passing away was December 25, 2008.

In this regards Daniyal Gillani, brother-in-law of accused Daood Gillani had also issued the clarification back in 2009 in which he clearly stated that his family had not any kind of relations or links with the family of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

In the clarification he had issued in November 11, 2009 he had stated “the news item appearing in a section of Indian press, trying to establish relationship between Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and the family of detained U.S. terror suspect and my half-brother, Daood Gilani, reportedly alias David Coleman Headley is incorrect, misplaced and totally baseless.”

This news is based on speculations being done by the Indian media to create unnecessary hype therefore I would like to mention some facts for the purpose of clarification and to keep the record straight.

Apparently the Indian media has tried to establish a link between the two families, because the Prime Minister issued a condolence message on my father’s death in December last year (2008) and visited my house to condole. This he did out of courtesy because I was working as his PRO and also because my father was a renowned broadcaster and a known personality of his time. At that time Daood was not in Pakistan.

“My ancestors migrated from Jastarwala in Indian Punjab, and Etawah in UP at the time of Independence, whereas PM’s family has been living in Multan for centuries and the two have no relationship with each other. It may also be mentioned that I have been working as PRO to the Prime Minister since 2005, when Mr. Shaukat Aziz was Prime Minister during President Musharraf’s time, and did not join after the current government took over, as some news reports appearing the Indian media have tried to suggest”, he added.

He said that his half-brother Daood was born in Washington in 1960, where my father, late Syed Saleem Gilani, was working with the Voice of America, and had married an American woman there. Soon after Daood’s birth the tenure of my father’s posting ended and the couple shifted to Pakistan. In late 60s my father and Daood’s mother got divorced, and according to family elders, she went back to the US.

Being much younger to Daood I have heard that he studied at the Hassan Abdal Cadet College for some time and in mid 70s shifted to America to live with his mother. Since then the family here only had occasional link with him. In fact because of his involvement with issues related to drugs my father wanted the rest of the family to stay away from his influence. His having another name or changing his name at some stage in life has come as a surprise to me. He has four kids and a Pakistani wife who also live in the United States.

After passing the Civil Service exam I was posted in Islamabad in 2002 and am living there with my wife and daughter ever since, with very little contact with him. I last met Daood when he visited Pakistan a few days after my father’s death, nearly a year ago.

Earlier a PTI reporter had reported from Chicago that Prime Minister had attended the funeral of Mumbai attacks accused David Headley’s father in 2010. “This was disclosed by 50-year-old Headley at a Chicago court during the trial of co-accused Tahawwur Rana (50) in the 26/11 attacks case.-Online

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