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Dec 23, 2008 at 08:50am IST

Kasab's letter seeking legal aid given to Pak

New Delhi: The lone survivor of Mumbai terror attacks, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, has written to the Pakistan High Commission seeking legal assistance.

In his letter he has claimed that he and the other terrorists killed in the attacks were Pakistani and has sought a meeting with the Pakistan High Commission. But Islamabad is still unconvinced.

The letter is now with the Pakistani High Commission for onward transmission to Islamabad.

“The likely procedure is for Pakistan's Interior Ministry to examine the letter and decide whether there is enough in it to go forward. If there is then the authorities will have to take the first step towards establishing his Pakistani nationality. But the initial response to the letter is not very encouraging,” says Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Vishnu Prakash.

However, the Pakistani commentators are dismissive of the letter.

“The letter is not enough, give us some hard evidence,” says Dawn newspaper columnist Ayaz Amir.

“The problem is so far this has been a media trial. This is not how international affairs are handled,” says Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that there is no proof Kasab is a Pakistani. However, the Pakistan government says that it has received a letter written by Kasab and is examining its content.

India hopes that this letter will pin down Pakistan and end the dance of denial.

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