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The Indian Herald

January 8, 2009

At last, Pakistan accepts Kasab's nationality

After dithering for weeks, Islamabad on Wednesday finally accepted that the lone survivor of the terrorist attack on Mumbai, Ajmal Amir Kasab is a citizen of Pakistan.

The spokesperson of the Foreign office (FO) of Pakistan, M Sadiq, confirmed that Kasab is a Pak national. The Information minister Sherry Rahman also accepted it later in the evening.

India had been claiming for long that Kasab is a resident of Faridkot in Pakistan.
Of the ten gunmen who had caused mayhen in Mumbai on November 26 last year, killing 183 persons, Kasab was the only person who was caught alive.

New Delhi had recently handed over evidences pointing to Pak links of the terrorists, to Islamabad. Earlier in the day the National Security Advisor Mahmood Ali Durrani was removed from his post for a statement in this regard.

The statement was issued without the knowledge of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, sources said. The pressure of international community has worked on Pakistan and the acceptance is a result of fast diplomatic exercise by Indian government, add sources.

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