Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Faridkot, Pakistan, the hometown of Ajmal…

Today’s Observer has a fascinating account by Saeed Shah of his visit to the home of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman (a.k.a. Ajmal Kassab or Ajmal Kasai) in village Faridkot near Okara, Pakistan.

Ajmal is the man the Mumbai police have in their custody after having arrested him in the midst of the November 26 terrorist strike on the city.

As the BBC Urdu website photograph I include here makes clear, the village and the lane near Ajmal’s house is swarming with outsiders who look a LOT like the kind of agents from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence I am familiar with (having been followed by men like them several times during visits to Islamabad) especially the round guy with dark glasses and the other chap in a pullover and salwar-kameez …. [The full set of eight photographs can be seen here and the BBC Urdu account of the village can be accessed here.]

For my money, the Observer story would appear to settle the issue of Ajmal’s origins once and for all:

The mayor said there had been no local police investigation, suggesting that the authorities did not view this place with suspicion. But, over time, inconsistencies in the villagers’ accounts heightened suspicion that this was the place. ‘He [Amir] has lived here for a few years,’ said one villager, Mohammad Taj. ‘He has three sons and three daughters.’

Noor Ahmed, a local farmer, said: ‘Amir had a stall he pushed around, sometimes here, sometimes elsewhere. He was a meek man, he wasn’t particularly religious. He just made ends meet and didn’t quarrel with anyone.’

Still the picture was confusing. While sometimes confirming that Amir did live in the village, and had a son called Ajmal, on other occasions locals claimed to know nothing.

Finally one villager confirmed what was going on: ‘You’re being given misinformation. We’ve all known from the first day [of the news of the terrorist attack] that it was him, Ajmal Amir Kasab. His mother started crying when she saw his picture on the television.’

Attempts to meet Amir, the father, however, were not to be successful. Villagers eventually told us that he and his wife, Noor, had been mysteriously spirited away earlier in the week.

4 comments on “Faridkot, Pakistan, the hometown of Ajmal…

  1. Anonymous
    December 15, 2008

    >Ajmal's house is swarming with >outsiders who look a LOT like the >kind of agents from Pakistan's >Inter-Services Intelligence I am >familiar with (having been >followed by men like them several >times during visits to Islamabad) >especially the round guy with >dark glasses and the other chap >in a pullover and salwar-kameez That was funny one – here is another :“Trident” hotel terrorist attack-British/American hostages-“Trident” is nuclear missile in British arsenal jointly maintained & developed with America- Trident process was one of Bhabha's research areas – And you know which city Trident hotel/Bhabha is related to….

  2. Anonymous
    December 9, 2008

    Understarnd very well the Pak Islamist Army and ISI fundamentalists run Pakistan. Their goal is to weaken India by bleeding it, eventually to break it and then Islam-ize it. Therefore, they will never stop terrorizing India, particularly with the Nukes as a deterrence that they think will prevent Indian military response. Short Term ActionThat along with divert all rivers that flow from India into pak with a clear intent to starve them into compliance. Mid-Term ActionSettle any willing landless person from any Indian state in Kashmir. Provide them with training and latest weapons to protect their land . Clear objective to bring about a demographic change of muslim Vs non- muslim to 20:1 or more . This with even heavier Army deployment on the LOC / IB. Long Term ActionAlso need a culture change from national rovocation of pacifist appeasement mind set to a assertive one. This is a much important issue. Mandatory mental rehabilitation may be needed to successfully accomplish the culture change starting in kinder garden. Mandatory boxing and fight skill training to all high school students. NCC be mandatory activity not optional.

  3. Sakhi
    December 8, 2008

    this is expected… and i really don’t have much to contribute!

  4. Khadim
    December 8, 2008

    Religious extremism is pushing the world towards the ever biggest disaster. Muslim Mullahs are the real culprits behind all it. Usually, it is said that only few extremist Mullahs attribute terrorism towards Islam otherwise Muslim Scholars at large practice and preach Just, Peaceful and Logical Islam.But you will be astonished to know that Mullah's danger in not limited to some Taliban type of Mullahs. Rather vast majority of Muslim Scholars holds extremist & barbaric doctrines. Even an Indian citizen & the world's most popular Muslim Scholar, who is famous for his moderation and enlightenment, is also preaching barbaric doctrines in the name of Islam. And he is doing it all in India as well without being questioned. Following videos Dr. Zakir Naik & Dr. Israr Ahmad exposes the so-called moderate Islam of these Mullahs.a) Non-Muslims will NOT have equal human rights – They will NOT be allowed to preach their religion & to build their places of worship in an Islamic State”!In this video you will watch the most popular Muslim scholar & debater Dr. Zakir Naik denying the basic human right of “Freedom of Speech” for the Non-Muslims living in the an Islamic State – The State for which these Mullahs are striving for. All the Mullahs demand that they must be allowed to preach their religion & to build mosques all over the world. But on the other hand these so-called visionary Mullahs do not accept the same right for the Non-Muslims living in an Islamic state. Dr. Zakir Naik is enjoying all sorts of freedom to preach Mullah's brand of Islam in India but he refuses the same right for the Non-Muslims living in an Islamic State. Is there any difference between the psyche and mental level of Dr. Zakir Naik & the Taliban? Watch the video and decide yourself !!!Video Link: Those who will dare to leave Mullah's Brand of Islam will be Punished with Death Penalty in an Islamic State!In this video you will watch the most popular Muslim Scholar Dr. Zakir Naik advocating “Death Penalty” for the Apostates. These Mullahs enjoys freedom of getting the converts to Islam in India & all over the world. But they themselves teaches & demands “Death Penalty” for all those born or newly converted Muslims who dare to disagree with their faith & accepts any other religion. Is there any difference between the psyche and mental level of Dr. Zakir Naik & the Taliban? Watch the video and decide yourself !!!Video Link : Is Osama Right or Wrong? {English} [Zakir Naik Supporting criminal activities of Ossama Bin Laden]In this video you will watch world's most popular Muslim Scholar Dr. Zakir Naik supporting criminal activities of Ossama Bin Laden.Video Link: Mullah World Order [Key features of Ideal Islamic State for which moderate considered Mullah's are striving for]Dr. Israr Ahmad, A moderate & visionary considered Mullah who quite frequently visits India on Dr. Zakir Naik's (IRF's) invitation, describes the key features of an Ideal Islamic State for which these Mullahs are striving for. These key features of Ideal Islamic (Mullah) state includes following golden rules.i)Non-Muslims will be Second Grade Citizens.ii)Non-Muslims will not be allowed to preach their religion.iii) Non-Muslim could not attain high civil & military ranks despite their ability.iv) Ideal Muslim state will present three option to all the Non-Muslim countries a) Either accept Islam & enjoy equal human rights as Muslims do b) Or Surrender to Islamic State & accept to live as Second Grade Citizen under Islamic Rule c) Otherwise be ready for the Jihad (The Holy War).Video Link : Mullah advocating Killing of those who dare to disagree with them!Dr. Israr Ahmad describing Superb Justice! According to these so-called moderate, just & logical Mullahs Everyone must be allowed to convert to Islam BUT if a Muslim (including a recent convert) accepts any other religion or reverts to its previous religion then Mullahs must be given all the rights to kill such a person.Video Link:

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