Pakistan Taliban vow to attack Indian targets over Mumbai gunman

ISLAMABAD Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:12pm IST

A man holds a picture of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab with a noose, as he celebrates Kasab's execution, in Ahmedabad November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A man holds a picture of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab with a noose, as he celebrates Kasab's execution, in Ahmedabad November 21, 2012.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban movement threatened on Thursday to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008.

Kasab was hanged on Wednesday amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.

"We have decided to target Indians to avenge the killing of Ajmal Kasab," said Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Ehsan demanded that India return Kasab's body.

"If they don't return his body to us or his family we will capture Indians and will not return their bodies," he said, adding that the Taliban will try to strike Indian targets "anywhere".

The Taliban, who are close to al Qaeda, are seen as one of the biggest security threats in Pakistan and are blamed for many of the suicide bombings across the country. They have not carried out major attacks abroad.

Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state, in a charge-sheet running to more than 11,000 pages.

It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004. There was celebration on the streets of Mumbai and other cities as news of the execution spread, but militant groups in Pakistan reacted angrily, as did residents of his home village of Faridkot.

People set off fireworks and handed out sweets in Indian cities. Some held up photos of Kasab with a rope noose superimposed over his head.

(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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lswain wrote:
Why is the Taliban claiming ownership over Kasab, when even the Pakistani Government has disowned him?! Is it a case of actions speaking louder than words?!

Nov 22, 2012 2:11pm IST  --  Report as abuse
CommunalAward wrote:
During Indo-Pak partition in 1947 all Muslim majority regions are to be merged with Pakistan.
Indian regime betrayed and annexed both Hindu majority Hyderabad state and Muslim majority Kashmir state.
Any type of hegemony will have awkward repercussions and collateral damage.

Nov 22, 2012 6:22pm IST  --  Report as abuse
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