Pakistan Taliban vows to avenge India’s execution of Kasab
By Sayed Jawad - Thu Nov 22 2012, 3:26 pm
Pakistan’s Taliban movement has threatened to attack Indian targets to avenge the country’s execution of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the fighter squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008.
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani, was hanged Wednesday in Pune, a city southeast of Mumbai.
According to Times of India (TOI) 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.
Ihsanullah Ihsan, the spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said the militant group would conduct various attacks in India in response to the execution. He didn’t provide further details.
Ahsanullah Ahsan said that the body of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab must be given back to his family or handed over to the Taliban.
“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-Qaida, 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.
India has requested extra protection for its diplomats in Pakistan following the execution, said J.P. Singh, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
He said the ministry had no immediate comment on the threat from the Taliban.