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Pak 'in a fix' on how to react to Kasab's plea for help

The Pakistan Govt was "in a fix" as to how to react to the letter of Ajmal Amir Iman 'Kasab', the lone terrorist captured in the Mumbai attacks, who had sought legal assistance from Islamabad, a leading daily in Islamabad said.

world Updated: Jan 05, 2009 21:34 IST

The Pakistan government was "in a fix" as to how to react to the letter of Ajmal Amir Iman 'Kasab', the lone terrorist captured in the Mumbai attacks who had sought legal assistance from Islamabad, a leading daily in Islamabad said Monday.

The Indian government provided Iman's letter and his confessional statement to Pakistani authorities on December 23. Iman wrote in the letter that he wanted legal aid before his police remand period ended on January 6.

"Ten days later, however, the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Office circles say they are still examining the letter besides trying to ascertain if Kasab was actually a Pakistani national," the News daily reported in an article headlined 'Pakistan fails to act on Ajmal Kasab's letter'.

Sources in the interior ministry told the newspaper that Pakistani authorities have not concluded their investigations into Iman's claims and would respond to his request for legal assistance shortly.

The report also said the Pakistan government was "in a fix as to how to react to" Iman's letter, in which he said he is a Pakistani belonging to Faridkot village in Punjab province and a Lashker-e-Toiba operative who participated in the Mumbai attacks.

The foreign ministry did not take Iman's letter or confessional statement seriously, according to the report.

"Such material cannot be treated as ample proof," a source in the Foreign Office told the paper.