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Intelligence officials deployed at Kasab's Pak home, parents missing

December 13, 2008 15:59 IST

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A large number of operatives of intelligence agencies were present in Faridkot and ouside the house of Ajmal Amir Iman alias Kasab [Images], the lone gunman captured for the Mumbai terror attacks [Images], according to a report aired by Geo News channel on Saturday.

It said a man named Ghafoor is currently living in Amir Kasab's home and the current whereabouts of Kasab's parents were unknown.

The TV channel's report came a day after the Dawn newspaper reported that Amir Kasab had admitted that the gunman captured in Mumbai was his son.

The Pakistan government has said that it has not been officially informed by India about the identity and nationality of Kasab. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked India to share information and evidence about the Mumbai attacks to take forward the investigation into the incident.

Kasab, the lone gunman captured for the Mumbai terror attacks, told residents of his village in Pakistan's Punjab province during his last visit there that he was going away for Jehad.

Kasab visited Faridkot village in Okara district of Punjab about five months ago and asked his mother to bless him before he embarked on Jehad, local residents were quoted as saying..

"He came to the village about five or six months ago. He told his mother he was going away for Jehad. He asked her to bless him and to leave his fate in the hands of Allah," said an unnamed resident of Faridkot in what the channel described as secretly filmed footage.

The channel said most people of Faridkot and nearby Depalpur sub-district were reluctant to talk about Kasab on the record. However, in the secretly filmed footage, some residents were shown discussing his last visit to the village.

"A man from Faridkot said that on his last visit to the village, Kasab gathered a group of boys near a school and asked them to catch him. He demonstrated feats of wrestling to them. Then we heard that he had left home and joined a Jehadi group," a man said.

The president of the press club in Depalpur too confirmed in secretly filmed footage that Kasab was from Faridkot. The channel also quoted residents of Faridkot as saying that Kasab's father had confirmed to several people that the gunman whose pictures were shown in the media was his son.

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