The father of the lone Pakistani terrorists arrested for the Mumbai terror attacks has admitted that the young man whose picture was beamed by media across the world, is his son. Pakistani government and terror groups Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have disown him.
Amir Kasab, the father of Ajmal Amir Iman alias Ajmal Kasab, broke down as he made the admission in the courtyard of his house in Faridkot, a village of about 2,500 people in Okara district of Punjab province.
"I was in denial for the first couple of days, saying to myself it could not have been my son… Now I have accepted it. This is the truth. I have seen the picture in the newspaper. This is my son Ajmal," Amir said in his first interview to the media since his son’s arrest.
The correspondent had located Iman’s home and got hold of the voters’ roll which had the names of his parents Amir Kasab and Noor as well as the numbers on their national identity cards.
Amir Kasab, a father of three sons and two daughters, said his son disappeared from home four years ago. "He had asked me for new clothes on Ed that I couldn’t provide him. He got angry and left," he said. Kasab left home and went to Lahore in search of a job. After a brush with crime in that city, he reportedly joined the LeT.
His mothers trance was broken as the small picture of Ajmal Kasab lying in a Mumbai hospital was shown around. They appeared to have identified their son. The mother shrunk back in her chador but the father said he had no problem in talking about the subject