26/11 Mumbai terror attack case: Witness turns hostile, claims Ajmal Kasab is alive

Ajmal Kasab was hanged in November 2012 in a Pune jail.

By: PTI | Lahore | Updated: December 10, 2015 10:07 pm
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Prosecution in Mumbai 26/11 attack case faced embarrassment when a key witness turned hostile and said
that Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman caught alive after the assault and later hanged, was alive.

“Mudassir Lakhvi, the headmaster of a primary school in Faridkot, where Ajmal Kasab studied for three years told the court that he taught Kasab and he is alive,” a court official told PTI today.

The hearing of the case was held by the Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad judge at Adiala Jail Rawalpindi yesterday, the same day when Pakistan assured India of “steps being taken to expedite the early conclusion” of the Mumbai attack trial during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

“The headmaster caused a lot of embarrassment for the prosecution team by claiming that Ajmal Kasab is alive. He was supposed to present the record of the period during which Ajmal Kasab studied in the school and other relevant record but talked otherwise. The prosecution also failed to properly examine him,” the official said.

The official said the headmaster belongs to the native town of accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and there is a possibility that he testified under his (Lakhvi’s) pressure.

In May 2014, the headmaster told the court that Kasab was still alive.

The prosecution moved an application to examine him again on the ground that the witness turned ‘hostile’. He was summoned yesterday but he stuck to his last statement.

The headmaster made no reference to Kasab (hanged in India) and did not mention if he (Kasab) was the same person who studied in the school in Faridkot.

The witness earlier had also claimed that Kasab could be produced in court if needed.

The next hearing in the case would be held on December 16.

India blames Pakistan-based militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba for orchestrating the attack that killed 166 people.

Initially, Pakistani authorities had denied Indian claims of Kasab being a Pakistani national but had later confirmed that the only surviving attacker belonged to Pakistan.

Kasab was hanged in November 2012 in a Pune jail.

The trial against LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Sadiq, Shahid Jamil, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum has been underway since 2009 for their alleged role in the Mumbai attacks.

Lakhvi secured bail in December 2014 and was subsequently released from the Adiala Jail on this April after the Lahore High Court set aside the government’s order to detain him under a public security act.

He is currently out on bail and living at an undisclosed location.

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  1. R
    Jun 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    1. S
      Oct 2, 2017 at 9:30 am
      Leave only sadhavi s and prohits.
    2. H
      Mar 8, 2016 at 11:17 am
      he might used his little common sense for not killing people any more.............though it was taught him by his childhood.......... hope that all people go a head who faced worst situation in this attack
      1. V
        Oct 24, 2016 at 9:33 am
        religion is the thing who mold the peoples work or action , religion is the thing which manites peoples mind so always take religion positively and think to extant it in a good way which is beneficial for all whom belongs to our religion and whom to who belongs to other ......
        1. A
          Dec 10, 2015 at 11:39 am
          World Peace & Removal of Terrorism There are two root causes for the entire chaos and terrorism in this world. One is the thirst for earning money and the other is the religious fanatic. Due to money, people are quarreling, hereas due to religion, countries are quarreling. Unless these two root causes are eradicated we cannot achieve world peace. The tree will not die by cutting leaves and branches. It dies only by cutting its roots. There is no use in earning the extra money. Due to excess money, quarrels, mental worries and several other problems arise. Finally, it ends in loss only and not in any profit. You have to leave all this extra money here only and quit this world alone. Your issues may lose that money given by you. Such sinful extra money brings problems not only to you but also to your children. Neither yourself nor your children will be happy and peaceful. This entire world is the property of God and take whatever is required from it. This is said in Gita, (“Yavanartha….”). In these days, buffet system is followed during feasts. In this system, large vessels contain various food items and people take food from these vessels according to their requirement. Similarly, God created this entire world and you can take the wealth from it according to your requirement. People are not following the same system when they are taking wealth from this world. The peculiarity is that most rich people follow this buffet system in the feasts but do not follow the same when it comes to earning the money. ‘Esavasya Upanishad’ says that one should return back this extra money to the Lord. Otherwise, the Lord will give the troubles. In buffet system, if one takes extra food in his plate by over ambition and ignorance for a moment, he returns back immediately before starting eating. Veda says that you must return back the extra money for the God’s work if taken by ignorance. In the buffet system if you eat the extra food, you will suffer from diseases. Similarly, if you enjoy the extra money, God will punish you in several ways. In this world, people belonging to any religion think that their religion only is the true religion. They think that the God of their religion can alone give the salvation and the worship of that God should be according to their religion only. They also condemn other religions and invite people to convert people into their religion. They do lot of work to establish their religion only in the entire world which shows their ambition. It is just like Alexander’s ambition to make the entire world his kingdom. Alexander wanted to extend his kingdom. But, even he returned back after fighting with Porus (Purushotama) on seeing the loss of life in the battle. But, the ambition of religious fanatics is not subsided on seeing any amount of loss of life. Religion is considered to be backed with spiritual knowledge and the religious people are expected to be free from ambition. We can excuse ambition of any ignorant person like Alexander. The heart of a religious fanatic will not change by any amount of kindness or love expressed in the appeals. Such appeals can change only the heart and the change in the heart is always temporary. Change in the intelligence brought by knowledge based on logic is always real and permanent. Intelligence (Buddhi) is considered to be the driver of this body, which is like a chariot running by the senses, which are like the horses. If the driver is convinced, the entire chariot along with the horses is in the correct path. The terrorist will not change by love or kindness shown to him. He becomes the terrorist due to the wrong knowledge that enters his brain. He was convinced by that knowledge. That knowledge can be changed only by the right knowledge. A diamond can only be cut by another diamond. Similarly, one type of knowledge can only be replaced by another type of knowledge. Then only, he will be convinced and changed forever. So far, the trials made to change the terrorist were beating around the bush and therefore, they did not have much effect. Today, SRI GURU DATTA is giving the right knowledge to remove the religious conservatism.
          1. A
            Dec 10, 2015 at 10:27 am
            How to transform a terrorist? The transformation of a terrorist or any other sinner depends on the strength of his or her extent of rigidity and strength of the ignorance. If the ignorance is in the tolerable range, transformation is quite possible. The transformation also depends on the power of your knowledge transmitted to him. The success depends on both sides. Even if the ignorance is very strong, it will be at least cut to some extent and the next step can easily succeed. The ignorance may not completely vanish, but, will certainly become weak on application of the spiritual knowledge. It may take long time for the final success. Only time is the point, but, success is certain in future.
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