The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has threatened to avenge the execution of Ajmal Kasab — the lone terrorist nabbed alive in the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 — by India by striking Indian targets anywhere.

International news agencies Reuters and Associated Press reported that TTP spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan spoke to them over telephone from an undisclosed location and also demanded Kasab’s body. “If they don’t return his body to us or his family, we will capture Indians and will not return their bodies,” Reuters quoted him.

Asked about the TTP’s threat and reports from India that New Delhi had sought more security for its diplomatic mission and officers and staff based here, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani maintained that he was not aware of any particular threat. Nor has the government received a request from any diplomatic mission for additional security.

At the same time, he pointed out that security for the diplomatic community in Pakistan was as it is very tight owing to the prevailing situation. In fact, security around the Diplomatic Enclave had been further beefed up since September when protesters had managed to breach the Red Zone while protesting against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.

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