India asks Pak to increase security at embassy following Taliban threats

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 10:20 hrs

India has asked Pakistan to increase security at its embassy, following fear of demonstrations or possible retaliation after the execution of Pakistani militant Ajmal Kasab, who was the sole survivor of the terror squad responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

"We did ask for precautionary measures in terms of protecting our diplomats in Pakistan. We sent a missive to that effect," The Dawn quoted Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, as saying.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that the demand had been made as "there was a need for extra security".

The move follows the Pakistani Taliban's threat on Thursday to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of Kasab.

"We have decided to target Indians to avenge the killing of Ajmal Kasab," said Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.

Kasab, who hailed from Pakistan's Faridkot village, was hanged at a jail in Pune's Yerwada jail early on Wednesday, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his appeal for mercy.

Kasab was sentenced to death in May 2010 after he was found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.

He appealed in the Supreme Court claiming he did not receive a fair trial, but his petition was struck down in August.

During the 2008 attacks, heavily armed gunmen stormed targets in Mumbai including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a hospital and a bustling train station. (ANI)

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