Ajmal Kasab moves mercy plea before Indian president: Report

Published: September 18, 2012

Indian jail official says Kasab was told about procedures, rights he has as convict, including moving mercy petition. PHOTO: FILE

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has moved a mercy petition before Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, reported The Times of  India on Tuesday.

The move comes almost a fortnight after the Indian Supreme Court upheld his death penalty for the Mumbai carnage in which 166 people were killed.

A senior official at Arthur Road Jail said, “We have sent a mercy petition to the president filed by Kasab.” The officer, however, did not reveal as to when the petition was filed by Kasab.

“Kasab was given certified copy of his death sentence confirmation verdict three days ago. One copy was given to him and the other was sent to the Supreme Court with his signature,” the official said.

He added that, “Kasab was told about all procedures and rights he has as a convict, including moving a mercy petition.”

Mohammed Kasab had earlier launched an appeal claiming he had not been given a fair trial.

He was found guilty of charges including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts, and was given the death penalty in May 2010.

During the November 2008 attacks, heavily armed gunmen stormed targets in Mumbai including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a hospital and a bustling train station.

India blames the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit for training, equipping and financing the gunmen with support from “elements” in the Pakistan military.

Kasab initially pleaded not guilty but later confessed, admitting he was one of the gunmen sent by the LeT.

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Reader Comments (53)

  • Nadir
    Sep 18, 2012 - 2:43PM

    This proves he is not brave Muslim mujahid who strives for martyrdom rather than pardons!! CIA agent uncovered!

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  • Yaida M
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Why is this a news item in Pakistan? An Indian citizen is punished under Indian law for an outrage in India. Isn’t that the story?

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  • Moderate Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:15PM

    First he gets involved in terrorist attack, then he gets caught in a supposedly suicide mission, and now is appealing for mercy. The guy really sucks! He should be hanged in Pakistan.

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  • Fed Up Indian
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:27PM

    The Congress will just wait until the 2014 elections. If they estimate that they need more Hindu votes, they’ll order his execution a few months before the election, and if they decide to appease Muslims to make gains in UP/Bihar/WB, then they will just delay it till the elections are over and leave it to the ruling party after that.
    Most Indian Muslims want him dead anyway and besides, they already know the backhanded methods the Congress uses to get votes.

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  • Anonymous
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Why he got death penalty? I don’t see he has does anything wrong.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:31PM

    NO mercy for human killers. Islam says eye for an eye and this issue is beyond boundaries.Recommend

  • Raj
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:35PM

    @Yaida M – Little correction

    A Pakistani citizen is punished under Indian law for an outrage in India. That’s the story

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  • antony
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:37PM

    @Anonymous, Yes I too dont see anything wrong in TTP blowing up in Pakistan ? .Can I say so ? . Its inhuman to say to people who lost lives in these atrocities.

    @yaida, Yes Ajmal Kasab is an indian citizen in the sense that all of pakistan is part of parent India.

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  • Roy
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Correction Mr. Raj.
    Kasab is an indian citizen not pakistani, RAW has claimed him to be indian muslim.

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  • Roy
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:51PM

    Parent india which belonged and was ruled by Mughals who happened to be muslims
    And @ Anonymous Islam doesnt teach violence. Islam teached patients and peace. Killing hundreds of innocent people is no bravery but an act of coward. Its the corrupt politicians who should be put on trial.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:54PM

    @Nadir: lool. I can only laugh on your statement mate.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:56PM

    @Moderate Pakistani: If a moderate Pakistani can write something like this, then how will the more radical ones behave.

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  • INDRESH
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:58PM

    MAny says Islam is religion of peace, but i am searching where is peace ? everywhere terrorists killing innocents in name of religion that al. , take example of pakistan, Chechenya, Iraq, Afghanistan and other muslim countries

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  • Bhangi
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:02PM

    @Nadir – goods going my friend. Let’s continue to blame the outsiders instead of cleaning our own backyard. Good recipe to ensure we succeed as a nation.

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:05PM

    One more reason for Pakistanis to indulge in their favourite pass time – burning US flag.

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:07PM

    One more reason for Pakistanis to indulge in their favourite pass time – burning US flag. Pakistanis do not need a reason to do that.

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  • Patriot
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:07PM

    What Has He Done ??Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:11PM

    NO MERCY for the terrorist!

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  • nitish
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:12PM

    @Roy: Its the corrupt politicians who should be put on trial.
    and that corrupt politician belongs to which side of border.Kindly enlighten us.

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  • RedM
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Good and bad people exist everywhere. Let’s not blame an entire country and/or religion for acts committed by bigots.Recommend

  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:19PM

    no doubt, we will oblige it.

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  • Umer
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @antony
    Grow up man!!!

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:26PM

    @Yaida M who asks

    “Why is this a news item in Pakistan? An Indian citizen is punished under Indian law for an outrage in India. Isn’t that the story?”

    Yes sir. I think this paper is just trying to prove the stupidity of Indians.

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  • Ahsan
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:26PM

    @Nadir
    You are crazy dude, get a life or something like it, ET should filter such hateful, intimidating, insulting comments that are views of an insane person but attempt to represent a whole religion/philosophy

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  • Suraj
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:35PM

    @Yaida M:
    Very good.. Keep it up..

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  • Salman
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:41PM

    RAW trying its best to save one of their asset, as a moral builder for rest of the team. if Kasab goes dead all other assets will run away quickly. Indian public is outraged, while RAW is in catch 22 situation.

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  • ovaiskhan
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:48PM

    @INDRESH:
    Indeed Islam is religion of peace say for KSA is a center of Islam you wont any violence there even in Makkah Muslims are not allowed to kill even any ant or fly
    want to know about Islam i would suggest you to read Quran and Hadiths rather then to observe the Muslim dynamics because a Muslim can do sin but Islam never allow sin
    and talking about terrorism please don’t forget to mention Gujrat for Muslim genocide, Myanmar violence over Rohingya Muslims, Indian army’s invasion in 1948 over Kashmir to occupy whole Kashmir, Israel’s brutality over Palestine ,Russian and Serbian army killing of Chechan’s Muslims

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  • Polpot
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:13PM

    @Yaida M: ” An Indian citizen is punished under Indian law for an outrage in India.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pls shake off your delusions. Its a Pakistani Citizen backed up by state actors thats going to be punished. Thats why its news in Pakistan (= Land of the Ultra Pure) and the rest of the world.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Hang This Terrorist… No Mercy for the killer of innocent people…

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  • Rakib
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:16PM

    @Fed Up Indian:

    As I see, India has quietly given up hanging to ensure maximum number of countries (EU in particular) enter in to mutual extradition treaties with it. Since coalitions involving a few “secular-liberal” parties will be the order in future too, irrespective of Govt of the day India will not hang Kasab or for that matter anybody presently on the death row. The provision will certainly remain on the statute book but will not be carried out & eventually the barbarian practice will wither away..

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  • Polpot
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:18PM

    @Moderate Pakistani: ” He should be hanged in Pakistan.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistani sense of justice…like Dr Afridi sentenced for 33 years for hobnobbing with one of
    the million terrorist groups, sentenced under a Tribal Court.

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  • Polpot
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:20PM

    @Khan of Cape Town: ” If a moderate Pakistani can write something like this, then how will the more radical ones behave.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Like Ajmal Kasab?

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  • Polpot
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:21PM

    @Anonymous: ” I don’t see he has does anything wrong.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Its easier to launch Hatf Babur Missile VIII than to develop an eye for wrong.
    I am sure you also strongly support the Blasphemy Law.

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  • wonderer
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:25PM

    As an Indian I feel Mr. Ajmal Kasab should be pardoned by The President and handed over to Pakistan. I wonder if he will be accepted. Imagine the reasons Pakistan will come up with for refusing to accept him. And, if he is accepted back, it will be fun to see who all shower him with rose petals, and for what purpose his services are utilized by the establishment.

    I can’t stop laughing!

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  • basit
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:32PM

    according to my knowledge, islam gives no authority to anyone to forgive the criminal except those who were affected by the crime. in order to be forgiven according to islamic system, he has to get a letter of forgivness duely signed by the gaurdians of all victims of of his crime and getting this proccess done by all gaurdians of 166 dead people is merely possible.

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  • amalgam
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:34PM

    @yaida and other bibis

    Pakistani authorities, during the course of their own investigations into the Mumbai carnage, have established that the only surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab is a Pakistani national.

    After a series of conflicting statements by various officials representing different sections of the government, it was officially acknowledged that DawnNews TVs news item about the official investigation report regarding Ajmal Kasabs identity was correct.

    http://archives.dawn.com/archives/42931

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    you guys don’t even remember news published and videos transmitted on your own tv channelsRecommend

  • Raj
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:38PM

    @Roy – Awesome reply.

    Seeing comments from the Pakistanis, I have no doubt that it is going in the right direction.

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  • joy
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Yaida M: “Why is this a news item in Pakistan? An Indian citizen is punished under Indian law for an outrage in India. Isn’t that the story?

    Hats off to u and others of ur ilk..it shows what's wrong with Pakistan
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  • nitish
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:46PM

    @Ahsan: No Ahsan,ET should not filter that.This will cause no good for u either if you really hope to come out of the current mess.Most pakistanis r muzahidin sympathizer.Sympathy for Kasab is evident from his post and number of likes.Recommend

  • Gasherbrummistani
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Quite frankly, the man has been convicted of murdering innocents in a cowardly terrorist attack. There should be no mercy shown to such barbarians, regardless of their origin.

    We certainly hope for justice to also be provided to the victims of the Samjhota express bombings in India, where many Pakistanis visiting their neighbouring soil lost their lives. All terrorists need to be brought to task.

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  • Shubham
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:19PM

    @Yaida M:
    Why is this a news item in Pakistan? An Indian citizen is punished under Indian law for an outrage in India. Isn’t that the story?

    err.. minor correction.. he is a pakistani citizen cought red handed in one of the most ghastly terror attacks ..
    considerable human interest story for a paper to publish i guess….

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  • Malik Abrar
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @amalgam: Then why you do not let Pakistani Lawyers and Media talk to Him? The Moment we talk to him, His true nationality will be revealed. He is a Hindu RAW terrorist. Else bring him to media and Let the Pakistani Judicial commission, who was denied access to talk to him, be allowed to question him. No One can take your Govt. Or Media and let it substitute for Judiciary . Talk clean and come clean. All allegations are mere allegations until proven in court. If Your secretive Govt. will block this access then do not complain to Pakistan that It should capture whoever is on your wish list. It simply doesn’t work that way. Let the rule of Law take the logical course which you, your Govt. and Your media do not like. There can be only one reason for that i.e. The whole drama is written, directed and executed by your own Agency RAW. So, stop crying and let Pakistani Judicial commission of Pakistan interrogate Kasab or whatever his Hindu name is.Recommend

  • Roy
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:56PM

    @Roy

    Please check your facts, Ajmal kasab is a Pakistani citizen who is being tried in a secular,civilized country of India, much to his good fortune and the misfortune of the family members of all the innocent Indians & non Indians murdered by him.

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  • SAK
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:59PM

    He is a real Hero.

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  • mohinder sandhu
    Sep 18, 2012 - 7:17PM

    It looks pakistanis feel that the world( especially islamic world or arab countries) do not recognize them as muslims,so to prove themselves muslim they will do any thing on the name of their perceived ISLAM.Ajmal kasab is a poor uneducated direction less young man who could easily get sucked into the acts of violence and brain washed on the name of islam to carry out mumbai like carnage.Recommend

  • F
    Sep 18, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Now you know why extremists target India. A full case trial – to “prove” his guilt. All expenses paid. Now all the drama of “due process.” Even the Indian Muslims are shaking their head in disbelief. This man is going to use the system and will remain alive.

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  • Genesis
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:01PM

    As is to be expected denial is the best form of running away from truth, also known as the Ostrich policy.to deny that he is Pakistani is the height of escapism. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:10PM

    @Malik Abrar:

    Please go to WIKIPEDIA and search for “26/11″ to see a complete list of the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attack AND THEIR PAKISTANI HOMETOWNS!Recommend

  • Mirza
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:40PM

    I am against death penalty and all for mercy and life. However, for mercy the person has to show remorse, take the responsibility and cooperate with the prosecution by telling each and every detail so the others can be prosecuted to full extent of the law.
    Kasab showed no remorse, first did not admit his guilt, then took a U turn and confessed his crimes. He behaved as a hardened criminal and a merciless killer of innocent civilians. He never told the whole story openly and honestly about the whole operation and killer plans. As a pacifist even I do not see much to argue in support of his mercy petition.Recommend

  • Enlightened
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Filing of mercy petition to the President of India by Kasab is like granting of an open visa for the next ten years as a State’s guest and enjoy Indian hospitality.

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  • Ajaz Haque
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Did he show mercy to the innocent Indians he killed cold bloodedly?

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  • Malik Abrar
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:57AM

    @numbersnumbers: Is Wikileaks some Divine Book that whatever it says, should be accepted as devine law? We do not accept Wikileak as any proof. The real Proof is KASAB himself . And not giving access to him rings bell. Why do not Pakistani Judicial group and Media talk to him? What’s the danger? Let the truth come out and let the people decide when the Pakistani Judicial commission gather information and a logical and true evidence come to the people . Wikileaks is No devine book. We reject it and any other information based upon WHO said what. Actual information should be through source of evidence from the accused himself and through cross-questioning. Else If You want us to believe that what you, your media and your one Billion people shout and we should believe it . It is a Big NO. We simply do not trust you , your GOVT. and your Media or any Leaks whether its Wikileaks.If you want to believe that , You go ahead and do it . And for your convenience , why don’t you pack up your own Judicial System and take all decisions from Wikileaks. That way you will save a lots of money. Let me tell you that Pakistanis think Kasab is a Fake and is your own Govt. Implant and that’s why your Govt. Do not let Pak Judicial commission talk to him. He is the only evidence and accused left of the Mumbai crime. Pakistani people are justified in their opinion because they have seen that India for a very Long time blamed Pakistan for the Samjhota Express Blast . In the end, The RAW sponsored Hindu Terrorist Prohit was found behind it. So, In this case Suspect is still Indian Govt. Until proven otherwise. And it can not be proved with Wikileaks, That’s for sure.

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:12PM

    @Malik Abrar:
    Ask Hafeez Saeed then!

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