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India better hand over Kasab's body to Pakistan: Taliban

November 22, 2012 14:58 IST

Nobody from the family of Ajmal Kasab, the sole terrorist arrested during the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai and hanged at a Pune jail on Wednesday, has asked for his body yet.

But the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has demanded that New Delhi hand over the body to Pakistan.

Talking to rediff.com from an unknown location via phone, TTP spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan said, "We asked India to hand over the body otherwise we will take his mission ahead."

The Taliban believe that the Pakistan government should take steps to bring its citizen's body back to the country.

"First the government should seek the retrieval of his body. If Islamabad does not ask, then we demand that New Delhi send back the body. If the body is still not handed over, the TTP can go to any extent to compel India to do that," Ihsan added.

Earlier, in another message, Ihsan had said, "If Kasab was a true mujahid, if he had undertaken the attack under the true sense of Islamic jihad, then we pay homage to him. But if he was used by intelligence agencies, then he is not a mujahid. In case he was used, then Allah will decide his case on doomsday and we can't say anything."

On the other hand, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the relatives of Kasab have not formally requested for his body.

"The government will take up the issue with the Indian government if a formal request comes from his relatives in this regard," Malik told media personnel in Islamabad.

Pakistani human rights activist Ansaar Burney believes that it is the right of each and every family to seek the body of a deceased member.

"The parents may feel threatened (if Kasab's body is brought back to Pakistan), but it is his national and traditional right to be buried in his native country," said Burney.

Tahir Ali in Islamabad