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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

Lone surviving militant of 26/11 confesses 'since Pakistan admitted I am a Pak national'

By M Rama Rao,India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 12 July (Asiantribune.com): On the 65th day of his trial, Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist of 26/11 attack, Monday confessed his involvement in the carnage and pleaded guilty in the court of special judge M.L. Tahilyani.

The 22-year old Pakistani said he decided to come clean as he heard Pakistan admitted that he is indeed a Pakistani national. ‘Pehle Pakistan ne yeh nahi mana tha ki main unka hoon. Aaj maan liya hai. Isiliye main bayan de raha hoon. (Initially, Pakistan had not accepted my nationality. Now that they have, I am confessing)’ he told the judge who was holding the court in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail, and assured him that he was not acting under any pressure.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam described Kasab's confession as a big victory for the prosecution. Significantly, it came when US Secretary of state is on a visit to India.

Kasab narrated his journey from Karachi in Pakistan to Mumbai along with nine other terrorists in a boat and gave details of the attacks at CST and Cama hospital. Others targeted by Kasab group were the iconic Taj and Oberoi Hotels. The militant named LeT commander Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as the mastermind and Abu Hamza, Abul-al-Qama's and Hafeez Saeed's involvement in the attacks.

Kasab said an Indian, Abu Jundal taught Hindi to them. This is a new name; police have no clue about this link.

Describing how he and Abu Ismail ( he was killed later) opened fire at the CST station. ‘Mein firing kar raha tha aur Abu hand grenade phek raha tha..mein Abu ke aage tha..Abu ne aisi position li thi ki usse koi dekh nahi sakta..I fired a policeman..Uske baad police ke side se firing bandh hogayi..(I was firing and Abu was hurling hand grenades. I was in front of Abu who had taken such a position that no one could see him. I fired at a policeman after which there was no firing from the police's side)’.

He was arrested Kasab was arrested on the very same night ( 26 November 2008) at Girgaum Chowpatty in South Mumbai in a police encounter while his partner Abu Ismail was killed.

While Ajmal Kasab's lawyer Abbas Kazmi expressed surprise over the guilty plea, saying that he was not aware of Kasab's decision to confess, the prosecutor said the court will now examine Kasab's statement to see whether it was made under some kind of pressure or whether it was voluntary.

-Asian Tribune -

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