Danyal Gilani, the half brother of David Coleman Headley, also known as Dawood Gilani, had visited India on Friday as part of the Pakistani delegation to pay their last respect to former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday.
Questions are now being raised on the possible lapse by intelligence authorities in granting the visa to the close relative of the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The Ministry of External Affairs has defended its decision arguing that Danyal was on India’s watchlist and had no previous terror connection.
Danyal, who previously served as the Pakistan Censor Board chief, told India Today that he had nothing to do with his terrorist brother. He said, “I am an honest Pakistan civil servant and I have nothing to do with Headley and his family.”
Among other roles, Danyal also worked as a press secretary in former PM Nawaz Sharif’s office in the past. He also held the position of PIA (Pakistan International Airline) spokesperson.
On Friday, however, he did not accompany the Pakistan delegation that met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Those who met Swaraj were Pakistan’s caretaker law minister Syed Ali Zaffar with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mehmood, law minister Syed Ali Zaffar, foreign ministry spokesperson and Director General of South Asia Mehmood Faizal had met Ms Swaraj.