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It's a message to Pakistan not to export terror: Chidambaram

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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the Parliament House in New Delhi. File Photo: PTI
PTI Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the Parliament House in New Delhi. File Photo: PTI

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the conviction of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and the acquittal of two persons in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case showed India is governed by rule of law. It also sent a strong message to Pakistan that it should not export terror.

“The court has convicted certain accused. It has also acquitted two accused. That shows the independence, fearlessness and integrity of the court,'' the Minister told journalists.

Mr. Chidambaram said it was an open trial in accordance with the law and full opportunities were given to the accused to defend themselves. “I am satisfied that within a year we have been able to bring a verdict of conviction of a large number of accused in perhaps a very complex trial. The trial underlines the fact that India is a country governed by rule of law. A criminal trial can only proceed step by step and within a year, the prosecution has been able to get conviction,” Mr. Chidambaram, himself an eminent lawyer, said.

On the message to Pakistan, he said the judgment “is a message to Pakistan that they should not export terror to India. If they do and if the terrorists are apprehended, we will be able to bring them to justice and give them exemplary punishment.”

Mr. Chidambaram complimented the investigating agencies and prosecution for marshalling evidence that proved beyond doubt the terror crimes and killings Ajmal Kasab and his associates were charged with.

Asked if Kasab's case would meet the same fate as that of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, whose mercy petition against his death sentence is still pending, he wondered why the media was obsessed with the issue like the Opposition. “The Opposition may be obsessed with Afzal Guru. I have explained so many times and I am surprised that you in the media are repeating the question.”

“We will take up each case according to the order in which the case is pending before the Ministry of Home Affairs and before the President of India. So, the cases will be taken up one by one,” he said.

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I fail to understand how this is an important message to Pakistan. The terrorists if apprehended will be tried in a court of law and punished accordingly must be known to Pakistan. Pakistan or rather who perpetrates these on behalf of the Pakistan establishment should be knowing well that these are suicide missions and the participants will not return. So whether they are killed in encounter or sentenced to death makes not much differennce. Except that during the trial many of the unknown secrets have come out. They should have been worried about that than Kasab being punished.
Also I am of the opinion that hanging to death Kasab will not serve any purpose except revenge. He is just a programmed robot. The perpetrators of the crime are there in Pakistan who should be punished.

from:  Guptan Veemboor
Posted on: May 4, 2010 at 17:17 IST

How is this a message to Pakistan? They sent him to die. They don't care if we send him to jail. Telling Gilani directly that Pakistan should not export terror to India will be more effective than sending this guy to jail. Pakistan won't stop because we tell Gilani or we kill Kasab. Why will it? How will it hurt Pakistan enough to stop?

Sending a message would be to make Pakistan understand the repercussions of indulging in terrorist activities in India. Throwing Kasab in jail is something we are doing for our satisfaction. Pakistan will learn nothing from it. If this is the best the government can do, it's pathetic.

from:  RY
Posted on: May 4, 2010 at 11:24 IST
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