Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Poverty drove Kasab to crime and jihad

Kasab quit home in 2005 and took to petty crime but later graduated to armed robbery and political activism

Poverty drove Kasab to crime and jihad (© PTI)

New Delhi: It was his father's refusal to buy him new clothes on Eid that forced a miffed Ajmal Amir Kasab to quit home, take to crime and then embrace jihad, leading to his death in India.
Until then, the now 25-year-old Kasab — who was hanged in Pune on Wednesday for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack — led a simple life in an impoverished part of Pakistan's Punjab province.

He belonged to a poor family. His father was a food vendor while a brother was a labourer in Lahore.

It was in 2005 that Kasab decided to quit home after quarrelling with his father who could not provide him new clothes because of poverty.

The young man soon took to petty crime and graduated to armed robbery. A chance encounter with Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, the political wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, changed his life for ever.

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