Taliban threaten to target Indians to avenge Qasab's hanging

Published: 22 November, 2012 16:20 IST | Agencies |

The Pakistani Taliban today threatened to target Indians and Indian interests to avenge 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Qasab's hanging.

The Pakistani Taliban today threatened to target Indians "anywhere" in retaliation for the execution of Ajmal Qasab and demanded that India should return the body of the LeT militant involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks to his family.

In calls made to journalists in northwest Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said his group would target Indians and Indian interests "anywhere" to avenge the hanging of Qasab.

Ihsan further said Indian authorities should hand over Qasab's body to his family or to the Taliban. He warned the Taliban would "capture Indians" and "not return their bodies" if Qasab's body was not handed over.

25-year-old Kasab, who belonged to Pakistan's most populous province of Punjab, was executed in a Pune jail early Wednesday. His body was buried within the prison.

The Pakistan government reacted cautiously to the hanging, with the Foreign Office spokesman saying Islamabad was against all forms of terrorism and would cooperate with countries in the region to tackle the menace.

Qasab was the only surviving member of a 10-member team of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who killed 166 people during a three-day rampage in Mumbai nearly four years ago.

Diplomatic sources said security measures at the Indian High Commission, which are already very extensive, had been further tightened after the Taliban threat.  

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