Mumbai: 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Amir Kasab had shot off two letters to Pakistani high commissioner to India, requesting him to meet after the former's arrest, a media report claimed on Monday.
The first undated letter that runs into three pages sought an appointment for legal help and requested that the body of his colleague, Ismail Khan, who was shot dead at Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal (CST), be taken back to Pakistan for burial, English daily The Times of India (TOI) reported.
According to the report, Kasab narrated in the first letter how he along with Ismail travelled on a Pakistani ship, Al-Hussaini, and later hijacked Indian fishing trawler, M V Kuber. "Khan and I reached VT station and began firing at different places; police also fired. During the exchange of fire Khan died and I was injured. I request for an appointment to meet you so that I can talk to you. I want legal help from you. Take Khan's body to his home in Pakistan," the daily, which claims to be in possession of both the letter, has quoted Kasab as saying in the letter.
Kasab signed off the first letter he stated himself a 'watan parast' (patriot), the daily says.
Kasab wrote the second letter on December 26, 2008, exactly a month after he was caught. In this letter, he repeated his story and wrote, "I don't want an Indian lawyer for defence" and requested to meet a Pakistani lawyer. He pleaded that he had not got any response from the Pakistani high commissioner to his first letter and again requested for legal help.
In both the letters, Kasab did not mention other attacks by his associates.
Kasab and his nine accomplices killed 166 people, including 18 foreigners. Kasab, who has been lodged in a highly guarded special cell at Mumbai's Arthur Road prison, was awarded the death sentence by the special court that was upheld by the Bombay high court and the Supreme Court. He has filed a clemency petition before the president of India. Currently, Kasab is practising karate to kill time in jail.
According to the report, the three-page undated first letter says Kasab is a Pakistani national. While giving his residential address in Pakistan, Kasab mentioned his home phone number 03017363886, the report says.
Kasab's family background
He belongs to Faridkot, Okara, Punjab, Pakistan. His father Amir Shahban Kasabm, was a bhel-puri vendor and sometimes he would act as a butcher (Qasab). His mother, Noor Illahi, is a housewife, while his elder brother, Afzal, worked as a labourer in Lahore. Kasab's elder sister, Rukaiyya Husain, is married in the village while a younger sister, Suraiyya, and brother, Munir, live in Faridkot with their parents.