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Ajmal held earlier by Indian agencies: Pak lawyer

December 15, 2008 15:33 IST

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Amidst Pakistan's attempt to dispute the nationality of the lone surviving gunman arrested for the Mumbai terror attacks [Images], a Pakistani lawyer has claimed Ajmal Amir Iman was a Pakistani citizen arrested two years ago in Kathmandu by "Indian agencies" with the help of Nepal.

C M Farooque, a lawyer, claimed that Iman alias Ajmal Kasab [Images] was arrested along with almost 200 people while on a "business visit" to Nepal.

Farooque told Geo News channel that he had filed an application in Nepal's Supreme Court for seeking Iman's release and claimed the court had sought a reply from Nepali authorities and the Indian High Commission in Kathmandu.

 But the lawyer repeatedly fumbled when asked questions by Geo News about crucial aspects of the case. He could not provide a specific answer as to when he had filed the application in Nepal's courts.

He said he had filed it "sometime in early 2008" and then claimed he had filed it in February this year.

Farooque was also vague about the time when Iman was arrested, saying he was apprehended "before 2006". 

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