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McClatchy Newspapers’ Saeed Shah speaks to Paul Jay about his investigation into Ajmal Amir Qasab, the gunman identified by Indian investigators to be linked to the November 26th Mumbai attacks that lasted three days. Shah travelled to Qasab’s alleged village of origin, Faridkot in the Khanewal district of Southern Punjab. Qasab’s parents went missing earlier in the week, and several villagers confided in Shah that Ajmal Amir was indeed from Faridkot but had left several years before. In his investigation, Shah finds mullahs have a history of recruiting young, poor, uneducated villagers for their causes to fight in Kashmir, and more recently in Afghanistan.

Saeed Shah

Saeed Shah is a Pakistan-based journalist. He writes for McClatchy Newspapers, The Guardian, and The Independent.