Wednesday, December 24, 2008 01:16 IST
If all goes well, the world may soon get to see Mohammed Ajmal Amir live on television, narrating details of his role in the Mumbai terror attacks.
According to a source, a decision to present Ajmal on TV was taken at a high-level meeting attended by senior intelligence and Union home ministry officials in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The source said this bold gambit was being planned to counter the stubborn denials of the Pakistani establishment about Ajmal’s nationality. “We have done everything to prove his nationality, but the Pakistanis are in denial mode. We provided proof of his place of birth, his parental home, his training schedules, mentors and co-conspirators, but the other side says that is not enough,” said a senior intelligence officer.
“We then submitted a letter written by Ajmal himself, that too in Urdu, the language he knows, to the Pakistan government, but we are yet to receive a response. If this option too fails to move the Pakistanis, we have only one channel open to us and that is producing Kasab live on TV channels across the world.”
The officer said Indian agencies already possess recorded confessions of Ajmal, but his appearance on TV may give the authorities the opportunity to present more details to nail the Pakistani lies.
The source said the entire conversation will have English transcripts running on the screen so that the entire world can listen to the terrorist’s revelations. Maharashtra’s director-general of police (housing) SS Virk believes that presenting Ajmal on TV would work in India’s favour. “When the world watches him telling the name of his village, his relatives, mentors, and other minute details like what his younger sister used to like or dislike, it will not only look authentic but will move audiences to form public opinion in India’s favour,” Virk said.
Lets see if this step will awaken Pakistan and the world at large......