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India's love for Noor melts terrorist

September 19, 2003 01:46 IST

The love Indians showered on baby Noor did not go waste.

Moved by the same, a terrorist trained by Pakistan's Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islami on Thursday confessed his guilt in a Delhi court and expressed the desire to lead a new life-- one away from the path of terror.

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"I was moved by the gesture shown by Indians towards Noor, who had come to Bangalore for a heart surgery," Mohammed Ashraf alias Mohammed Shakeel told Additional Sessions Judge S N Dhingra.

Ashraf had been charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and India Penal Code for conspiring to kill President A P J Abdul Kalam and abducting cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

A resident of Layya village in Pakistan's Punjab province, Ashraf told the court he wanted to reciprocate the gesture shown by the Indians and spread the message of goodwill among his countrymen.

Making his confessional statement, the terrorist, whose designs -- police claimed -- included a plan to trigger blasts at the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, said he had taken to terror in return for money promised by his mentors.

He said that in Pakistan, one Mehboob and Mufti Hifayatullah had promised him money if he joined their ranks.

"I got trapped in their scheme of things and got misguided," Ashraf said, adding, he entered India through the Bangladesh border.

He prayed the court to have mercy on him and adopt a lenient view.

Following the admission, the court convicted him of the charges and set September 29 for hearing the arguments on sentence.

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Sub: Pak people should emulate the same

This article shows that the some people of pakistan and even terrorists has moved by the noor surgery and the love and affection nature of ...

Posted by selvakumaran

Sub: Lets be careful

Lets not get carried away by such statements. Whats the guarantee that he is telling the truth? Let us continue saving Noors; but let us ...

Posted by Sivakumar PR

Sub: Amazing!

Amazing! I had my doubts about a Pakistani child getting treatment in India, but this is great! Its definately paying off.

Posted by Sidd

Sub: terrorists changes but governmenet never

it is a welcoming news for all the peace lovers. the heart of a terrorist has been changed and i feel it is something special ...

Posted by peterson godi

Sub: Noor

It is good strategy.

Posted by vkumar



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