Lashkar Taiba Declares Amir Ajmal Kasab a Hero

By Arif Qoreshi

Islamabad: United States and India are satisfied over  the execution of Ajmal Kasab but Lashkar Taiba announced to take avenge and declared him a hero. India secretly hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the Pakistan-based 10 men militant squad responsible for a Mumbai attacks  that killed 166 people, sparking celebrations by families of killed days before the fourth anniversary of the assault on the financial capital of India.

In the interrogation’s Kasab confessed that he was from Faridkot in Pakistan. Kasab also confessed that he received training from the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

He also said that Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi a.k.a. “Chacha”, the senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, offered to pay his family Rs.150,000($2700) for his participation in the attacks. Also Kasab said that “Chacha” pledged to pay his family Rs.100,000($1800) after he becomes a martyr.

Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks who has been hanged to death, received due process of law in a full and transparent trial, the US said today, asserting that it wants to see the terrorists behind 26/11 brought to justice. We’ve said before that we welcome steps towards justice in the Mumbai attacks. We’ve said many times before that we want to see the terrorists behind these attacks brought to justice, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters here.

A  commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba told Reuters news agency on Wednesday that Kasab was a hero, and that the hanging of Kasab will only “inspire more attacks.” But the leaders of Lashkar Taiba including its head Hafiz Saeed are totally silent  and did not react after the hanging of amir ajmal kasab.

India cancelled the scheduled visit of Rehman Malik a day before the hanging of Ajmal Kasab. Now it proved that Ajmal Kasab’s execution is apparently one of the reasons that India denied to host the two-day proposed visit of Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Experts are of the opinion that India Pakistan relations were moving ahead speedily  now the pressures will increase on government of Pakistan from religious organizations to stop trade and others commitment with India.

Mohmmad Amir Ajmal Kasab

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was a Pakistani militant, who was a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba jihadi group, through which he took part in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India. They killed 166 people and injured more than 300.

Kasab was the only attacker captured alive by police. The government of Pakistan initially denied that Kasab was from Pakistan, but in January 2009, it officially accepted that he was a Pakistani citizen.

Background

Amie ajmal Kasab was born on 13 September 1987 in Faridkot village in the Okara District of Punjab province , Pakistan. According to media reports before joining Lashkar Taiba he was a criminal and involve in many criminal activities.

On 21 December 2007, Eid al-Adha, he was  in Rawalpindi where he met with the members of lashkar taiba militants who convinced him to get training of jihad.

Training

Ajmal Kasab was among a group of 24 men who received training at different lashkar taiba  camps in Muzaffarabad, mansehra and Lashkar Taiba head quarter muridkey.

From the batch of 24,  only 10 were selected  for the Mumbai attacks. They also received training in swimming and sailing, besides the use of high-end weapons and explosives under the supervision of Lashkar Taiba commanders.

Targets

The Intelligence Agencies of the United States had determined that former officers from Pakistan’s Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency assisted actively and continuously in training. They were given blueprints of all the four targets in Mumbai – Taj Mahal hotel, Oberoi hotel and Nariman House and ahharapati shivaji railway station.

Arrest of amir ajmal kasab and nationality

Amir ajmal Kasab was captured on CCTV during his attacks at Chhatrapati Shivaji railway station of Mumbai. Despite evidence, Pakistani officials, including President Asif Ali Zardari, initially denied the assertion that Ajmal Kasab was Pakistani. In January 2009, Pakistan’s national security advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani admitted to Kasab being a Pakistani citizen while speaking to the CNN-IBN news channel.

Confessions and sentence

Amir ajmal qasab confessed his crime. And then Kasab was sentenced to death for attacking Mumbai and killing 166 people on 26 November 2008 along with nine other terrorists. He was found guilty of 80 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is punishable by the death penalty.

Kasab’s death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011.

The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of India on 29 August 2012.

Kasab’s plea for clemency was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on 5 November 2012

He was hanged on 21 November 2012 at 7:30 a.m. and buried in Yerwada Jail in Pune.

 

The writer is an editor of thefortress.com.pk

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