Faridkot, Okara

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Faridkot
Faridkot is located in Pakistan
Faridkot
Faridkot
Coordinates: 30°41′26″N 73°41′40″E / 30.69056°N 73.69444°E / 30.69056; 73.69444Coordinates: 30°41′26″N 73°41′40″E / 30.69056°N 73.69444°E / 30.69056; 73.69444
Province Punjab
Elevation 167 m (548 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Faridkot is a village in Depalpur Tehsil in the Okara District of the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located at 30°41′26″N 73°41′40″E / 30.69056°N 73.69444°E / 30.69056; 73.69444 with an altitude of 167 metres and lies about 5 km north-east from the centre of the town of Depalpur, and about 25 km south-east of the district capital Okara.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir[edit]

On 6 December 2008, The Hindu and numerous other media outlets reported that Mohammad Ajmal Amir, son of Mohammad Amir Iman, an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist captured alive during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, is from this village, rather than from Faridkot near Khanewal and Multan.[1] The following day, The Observer and the BBC Urdu service supported the claim. The Observer stated that it had found Ajmal Amir's parents in the electoral record for "Faridkot, near Depalpur" containing 478 registered voters, and described comments from villagers about Ajmal Amir and about the village being "an active recruiting ground" for Lashkar-e-Taiba.[2][3] The BBC also reported confirmation from local villagers and the presence of numerous intelligence officials at Ajmal Amir's family's house.[4]

On 12 December 2008 The Hindu reported that his father in Faridkot confirmed Ajmal Kasab was his son. [1]

On 13 November 2009, Reporters Without Borders reported that two Pakistani journalists are being held in jail in Okara district since 10 November. These two reporters said they were being prevented from finding out the truth about Kasab's background, and from helping other journalists reach Faridkot.[5]

On 19 November 2009 Agence France-Presse reported that the people of Faridkot deny any knowledge of Ajmal Kasab ever living in their village.[2]

On 24 November 2009, The Hindu reported that a journalist from Islamabad who tried to interview people in Faridkot was threatened by plainclothes men and asked to leave.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swami, Praveen (6 December 2008). "Terrorist's name lost in transliteration". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ Shah, Saeed (7 December 2008). "Revealed: home of Mumbai's gunman in Pakistan village". The Observer. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  3. ^ Shah, Saeed (7 December 2008). "Mumbai terrorist came from Pakistan, local villagers confirm". The Observer. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  4. ^ "BBC report confirms Indian charge of Pakistan links to Mumbai attacks". The Hindu. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  5. ^ Reporters Without Borders (2009-11-13). "Two journalists held after helping media probe Mumbai attacker's background". Reporters Without Borders. 
  6. ^ Nirupama Subramanian (2009-11-24). "Kasab's village remains a no-go area for journalists". The Hindu.