Pakistan could seek Kasab’s custody (Lead)

February 14th, 2009 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Feb 14 (IANS) Pakistan could seek the custody of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured after the Mumbai terror attack, for its investigation, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Saturday.

“If Ajmal Kasab is needed for the investigation process, then India could be asked (to hand) him over,” Malik told reporters in Karachi, adding that at the moment it would be premature to say anything more.

He said Kasab was one of the eight suspects named in the First Information Report registered by the Federal Investigation Agency on the Mumbai strikes. Six of the suspects have been arrested while two are at large.

Kasab is currently in the custody of the Mumbai police.

Pakistan has previously turned down an Indian demand for extraditing two commanders of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group - Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarrar Shah - whom New Delhi has accused of planning the Mumbai mayhem. Pakistani security forces had arre sted the dup in December 2008.

Rehman had Thursday admitted that the Mumbai attacks were “partly” planned in Pakistan.

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