Will target Indians, says Taliban

The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday threatened to target Indians "anywhere" in retaliation for the execution of Ajmal Kasab and demanded that India should return the body of the LeT militant involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack to his family.

In calls made to journalists in northwest Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said his group would target Indians and Indian interests "anywhere" to avenge the hanging of Kasab.

Ihsan further said Indian authorities should hand over Kasab's body to his family or to the Taliban.

He warned the Taliban would "capture Indians" and "not return their bodies"

if Kasab's body was not handed over.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has tightened security at the Indian embassy in Islamabad following a 'note verbale' by New Delhi asking for greater security for the mission and its staff in view of Kasab's hanging. Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met his counterpart in the Pakistan Foreign Office Zohra Akbari, DG, South Asia, a day before the hanging of the lone surviving terrorist who carried out the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and gave the 'note

verbale'.

"There was a possibility of some disturbance in that country due to the hanging, so New Delhi asked for additional security for its mission and the staff," official sources in New Delhi said, adding that it also had a small reference to Kasab's hanging.

Diplomatic sources in Islamabad said security measures at the Indian High Commission, which are already very extensive, had been further tightened.

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