ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 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.
"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.
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@M Ali Khan: Just wait bro.. 2014 is not too far ahead.. :)
@Zaid Hamid: and pouring rose petals on the murderer of a governor - what does that mean?
Why would Taliban vow to attack indian targets over "Amar singhs" execution?
1.2 billion people are ready with one of the world's largest Army, Navy and Airforce.... Now, if Pakistan does not want another war to begin on its western front and completely decimate whatever little is left inside it by the 'War on Terror', it better act before this thugs/Strategic assets do some thing stupid....
@Pungi: I don’t know for how long Indian state will show these dual standards and then their citizens would defend it shamelessly…Pathetic! And some 'Very intelligent' Pakis don't even bother to look up facts before talking loose. Here brother, please do more 'Pungi' - http://dawn.com/2012/02/15/hindu-extremists-bombed-samjhauta-express/ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article2894435.ece
the case is in court , kasabs case was over and was given full chances as per law.
Kasab hanged...Ok!! What about the attackers of Samjhota Express? ain't they equally "evil" for the Indians? I don't know for how long Indian state will show these dual standards and then their citizens would defend it shamelessly...Pathetic!
I don't want Kasab's body to be in my country.. At least Hafiz Saeed should come forward and claim it.. Already conspiracy theorists are saying no body, no kasab, like they had done with Osama.
Let them create a mausoleum or whatever to honour his deeds. Let him "rest" in the land of the pure, not the land of the Kafir..
@Zaid Hamid: What happened, not so witty comment. Indians do celebrate the win of good over evil.
@Pragmatist who writes "Wait a minute, isn’t TTP supposed to be funded by RAW? Why are they threatening Indians then?"
Don't you understand? This is again a conspiracy by RAW that TTP is threatening India so that the RAW can distance itself from TTP.
You should learn to think like Pakistanis. Then you know how to pass the blame, cook up conspiracy theories, be irresponsible and fail utterly miserably.
A slap on the face of conspiracy theorists who thought TTP are the RAW agents.
1) TTP asks for Kasab's body and say 26/11 was an inside job.
2) Pakistanis accuse India of sponsoring TTP and TTP wants to kill Indians.
From the above facts, the following two things can be inferred.
1) Pakistan is the most Baghairat nation on earth. (honorable people are not two faced)
2) Logic is rarer than electricity in Pakistan.
Beware Pakistan.If Pakistanis soil will be used to attack India this time India will not remain quite like 2008. So better ask Taliban to remain in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
rather of hanging him India should have followed pakistan's model give him a palace to live in a beautiful hill town next to an army establishment
None of this would have happened if not for the atrocities of Indians in Kashmir.
@vasan: yes I'm pretty sure Narendra Modi should come and teach us that too.
@Khalid: a terrorist does not deserve respect. the taliban has asked for his body so that they can brainwash vulnerable people into thinking that kasab and the taliban are poor wronged souls
the group of animals who call themselves Pakistani/Punjabi or what ever Taliban just require a reason to suck human blood. they do not have guts to come and fight any one face to face unless the other person is unarmed.
Wait a minute, isn't TTP supposed to be funded by RAW? Why are they threatening Indians then?
@Zaid Hamid We celebrate the death of evil.
At least TTP has asked for Kasab's body, our govt. cant even do that much and wants to free sarabjit singh...shame.
@Zaid Hamid: He is not a man who did something great. Indians do not love violence as much as Pakistan from what is seen on the news every day. Wake up dude and smell the flowers. :)
Celebrating the death of a man shows Indians love violence.