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Pakistan Govt receives Kasab's letter

world Updated: Dec 23, 2008 01:03 IST

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Pakistan government on Monday night said it has received a letter written by Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone gunman captured for the Mumbai attacks, and was examining its contents.

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The Foreign Office in Islamabad said the letter in which Iman sought legal assistance and a meeting with Pakistani officials was forwarded to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by the Indian Government.

"This evening the Indian Government has forwarded to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi a letter from one 'Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Ameer Qasab' who claims to be a Pakistani," said a statement from Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq.

"He (Iman) has sought assistance of a lawyer and a meeting with the Pakistan High Commission. The contents of the letter are being examined," the statement added.

Sadiq told state-run APP news agency that India's External Affairs Ministry had handed over the letter.

In New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry officials summoned Pakistan's Acting High Commissioner Afrasiab and handed over the letter to him.

Amir Kasab, the father of Iman, has acknowledged to a Pakistani newspaper that the gunman whose pictures were beamed around the world by the media was his son.

Residents of Faridkot, Iman's village in Punjab province, have told the media that he last visited his home about six months ago, when he had told his mother he was going away for jehad.

However, the Pakistan government has distanced itself from these revelations, with President Asif Ali Zardari saying recently that there was no conclusive proof that the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks were Pakistanis.

India has blamed Pakistan-based elements, including the Lashker-e-Taiba, for the attacks that killed over 180 people. It has asked Pakistan to take action against such elements and to deliver on its commitment to not allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities.