An Indian judge has forbidden journalists from reporting a message the
lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai terrorist attacks tried to send
Tuesday to his handlers.
Judge M.L. Tahaliyani said the defendant's message to his instructors,
who are alleged members of the Islamist extremist group
Lashkar-e-Taiba, could inflame tensions between India's religious
The judge also delayed his decision until Wednesday on whether to
accept the suspect's unexpected guilty plea made during proceedings on
Twenty-one-year-old Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Kasab continued
his testimony Tuesday, saying his instructions were to open fire
indiscriminately, take hostages and attack anyone who tried to free the
Kasab also said he confessed because he had heard from his guards that
Pakistan had acknowledged that he was a Pakistani citizen.
On Monday, Kasab admitted his role in the three-day siege that killed
166 people. He is charged with 86 offenses, including waging war on
India, murder, and possessing explosives.
Kasab faces the death penalty if convicted.
During his confession, Kasab described arriving in India from Pakistan
on a boat and carrying out the assault. The public prosecutor says it
is up to the court to accept his guilty plea.
The attacks severely strained relations between the two nuclear-armed
neighbors and brought their slow-moving peace process to a halt.
India accused Pakistan-based fighters from the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the attacks.
Pakistan has said the attacks were planned, in part, on its territory
but denies India's assertion that Pakistani government agents were