Kasab, the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist will be hanged soon by India. Pak Jihadi connections established.

Special Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam shows a copy of the verdict to the media outside the Arthur Road Jail, where the trial of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the Mumbai attacks, was held, in Mumbai. An Indian court found Kasab guilty of charges including waging war on India and murder. Sentencing will be on Tuesday and he could now face the gallows. –Reuters Photo/Arko Datta

Ajmal Kasab convicted in Mumbai case

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Tue, 04 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 19, 1431
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AFP reports from Mumbai : A Pakistani man who was the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was convicted on Monday of murder and waging war against India for his role in the deadly siege that left 166 people dead.
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Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, 22, was found guilty on almost all of the 86 charges he faced over the 10-man assault on three luxury hotels, a restaurant, Jewish centre and the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station.

“You have been found guilty of waging war against India and killing people at CST, killing government officials and abetting the other nine terrorists,” judge M.L. Tahaliyani told Kasab in Hindi.

The judge said Kasab had been trained in Pakistan to fight a ‘war’ against India and had been directly or jointly responsible for the deaths of 52 people in the train station — the bloodiest episode of the onslaught.

Kasab, in a long white kurta, stood impassively in the dock as the judge took nearly three hours to go through a summary of the 1,522-page verdict in English.

A hearing to decide on sentence is set for Tuesday, with Kasab facing the death penalty for the murder and waging war convictions.

Indian nationals Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, accused of providing logistical support to the gunmen by supplying them with handmade maps of the city, were found not guilty in a major rebuff to the prosecution.

Ahmed’s lawyer, Ejaz Naqvi, said outside the court that they had been ‘framed’ by police and blamed a US-Pakistani national, David Coleman Headley, for scouting out targets for the attacks.

Headley admitted identifying targets and providing intelligence to the gunmen earlier this year.

He is in US custody but Mr Tahaliyani rejected an application for him to give evidence at the trial.

Kasab, a school dropout, was captured in a photograph walking through Mumbai’s train station wearing a backpack and carrying an AK-47 in what has become one of the defining images of the attacks.

The former labourer from Pakistan’s Punjab province initially denied the charges, then pleaded guilty, before reverting to his original stance and claiming that he was set up by the police.

“You got training in Pakistan,” the judge told Kasab on Monday. “All of this has been proven against you.”

The case was also ‘proven’ against LeT founder Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, key operative Zarar Shah and Hafiz Saeed, whose Jamaatud Dawa charity is widely seen as a front for LeT.

Lakhvi and Shah are among seven suspects currently on trial in Rawalpindi.

“The judgment itself is a message to Pakistan that they should not export terror to India,” Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters after the conviction, adding that the process had been a triumph for the country’s legal system.

“If they do, and we apprehend the terrorists, we will be able to bring them to justice and give them exemplary punishment.” —AFP

Villagers pass by the assumed house of Ajmal Kasab in the remote town of Faridkot.—AFP

Kasab: from school drop-out to Mumbai murderer

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Tue, 04 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 19, 1431
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Dawn Reports from Mumbai: Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was a school drop-out who now faces the death penalty for taking part in the bloodiest episode of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
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The 22-year-old Pakistani national was one of two heavily armed gunmen who opened fire and threw hand grenades at the city’s main railway station on November 26, 2008, killing 52 people and wounding more than 100.

Biographical details are sketchy but those that have come to light show that Kasab was born and brought up in Faridkot, in the Punjab region of Pakistan.

His father, Mohammed Amir Iman, ran a food stall in the village and his mother was called Noor, according to the local electoral roll.

Kasab dropped out of school in 2000 and worked as a labourer in the eastern city of Lahore until 2005, according to his initial confession to police, which was widely published in India.

Kasab has reportedly said he joined the LeT to get weapons training after deciding to embark on a life of crime but there have also been claims that his father duped him into doing it for money.

The prosecution characterised Kasab as a shrewd and calculating operative while security experts said his poor, rural background and lack of education made him more susceptible to grooming by extremists.

His former lawyer suggested he may even have been brainwashed into carrying out the attacks.

One Faridkot farmer reportedly said that Kasab used to return to the village and talk of “freeing Kashmir”.

Pakistan home village slams Mumbai conviction

May 3rd, 2010||AFP

FARIDKOT, Pakistan : Residents of the home town of the surviving gunman of the Mumbai massacre on Monday angrily denounced his conviction as a travesty of justice.

The remote town of Faridkot in the Pakistani farming belt of Punjab province has become notorious as the home of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted of taking part in the bloodbath in November 2008 that killed 166 people in Mumbai.

On Monday, as the 22-year-old Pakistani was pronounced guilty of murder and waging war against India, people in his home town about 26 kilometres (16 miles) from the Indian border sat glued to the breaking news on TV.

“Why was there no equal sentence for all the culprits and why has only Ajmal been declared a criminal,” said Muhammad Iqbal, a farmer in his late 50s who reacted with anger after two Indian suspects were acquitted.

“This is all against Pakistan. Ajmal is a child and he cannot commit this incident,” he told AFP.  Read more in Khaleej Times ……

Pak likely to help Kasab: Malik

May 4th, 2010 ||PTI

Islamabad : Pakistan has said that it will examine the issue of providing assistance to Ajmal Kasab, convicted by an Indian court for involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, only if he seeks its help.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday told reporters that the Pakistan government will react to the conviction of Kasab only after the Indian court’s detailed judgment is made public.

He made the remarks hours after a special court in Mumbai found Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested during the attacks, guilty of murder and waging war against India. Kasab was convicted on most of the 86 charges against him and faces the death penalty.

Asked by reporters if the Pakistan government will provide aid to Kasab, Malik said authorities would act within the provisions of law.

“If someone wants or applies (for assistance), we will examine it. If he doesn’t apply, then we will not examine it,” he said. “Help is given to those who ask for it. If you ask (me), a terrorist is a terrorist,” Malik added. Read more here in Deccan Chronicle……….

Courtesy : DawnNews, Reuters, AFP, Khaleej Times, Deccan Chronicle  & Agencies.

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One Response to “Kasab, the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist will be hanged soon by India. Pak Jihadi connections established.”

  1. GODMAN ENZO FERRARI Says:

    killing kasab is making jihadis happy end of the day the kasab was a jihadi, so jihadi’s love death unlikely they will bend like this they is no choice than to accept the AIDS VIRUS SPREADING I MEAN THE JIHADI THINKING AMONG MUSLIMS ITS ANOTHER AIDS VIRUS FEELS GODMAN ENZO

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