New Delhi: Even though Pakistani government refuses to accept that Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested alive during Mumbai attack, is its citizen; evidences gathered by Pakistani and international media point to the fact that he is a Pakistani national.
Kasab's father has already come forward to claim him as his son and now residents of Faridkot, a village of about 2,500 people in Okara district of Punjab province where the terrorist's family lives, have been caught on camera admitting he is from their village.
However, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari all have been denying any Pakistani link to the Mumbai terror attack.
"No evidence or information or evidence has been shared by India," Qureshi has said while Gilani blamed India for accusing India out of anger. Zardari, too, echoed the views of Qureshi and Gilani, saying, "No proof, no investigation nothing.”
But such strong denials from the Pakistani establishment of a direct link to the Mumbai attack now lie in ruins after an anguished father of Kasab, Amir Kasab, revealed the 20-year-old terrorist caught by Mumbai Police is his son.
"Yes, he is my son," Amir Kasab told influential Pakistani daily Dawn
Dawn also quoted Kasab's father Amir Kasab as saying that he was in denial ever since he saw his son's pictures in the news but now he has accepted the reality.
"I was in denial all these days, but now I have to accept that he is my son," Amir Kasab added.
In more evidence from the Pakistani media, television channel Geo TV caught some villagers on hidden camera saying that Kasab was from their place.
"They are four brothers. One works in Lahore. This boy (Ajmal Amir Kasab) came here four-five months ago. He asked his mother for her blessings and said that he was going on a jihad," an old man of Kasab's village said.
His views were corroborated by another resident of the village.
"He was here five-six months ago. He asked his mother for her blessings and said that he was going on a jihad. A man from Faridkot said that when he last came to the village then he addressed a group of young men near a school and asked then to catch him. He demonstrated karate skills and then we heard that he is missing and had joined a jihadi group," the man said.
First British newspaper Observer tracked down Kasab's house and the identity of his parents. Now the Pakistani media has come up with damming evidences that Kasab is indeed a citizen of Pakistan.
All these revelations strengthen India's claim about Pakistani links in Mumbai terror attack.