Mumbai attacks: India hangs Ajmal Kasab

By AFP
Published: November 21, 2012

India says Pakistan was informed about the execution. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

India says Pakistan was informed about the execution. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE Mohammed Kasab executed early Wednesday at Yerwada jail in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra. PHOTO: FILE Mohammed Kasab hanged early Wednesday at Yerwada jail in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MUMBAI: The sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was executed on Wednesday, nearly four years after 166 people were killed in a three-day rampage through India’s financial capital.

Pakistan-born Mohammed Kasab was hanged at Yerwada jail in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his pleas for mercy earlier this month.

“Kasab was transferred to Yerwada jail two days ago. He was hanged at 7:30 this morning (0200 GMT),” Maharashtra home minister RR Patil announced to reporters in Mumbai.

“His execution is a fitting tribute to the victims of Mumbai attacks.”

The 25-year-old Kasab was one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to the city in attacks that began on November 26, 2008, and lasted nearly three days. It was the deadliest militant onslaught on Indian soil since independence.

He was sentenced to death in May 2010 after he was found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.

Federal home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the Indian government had informed its counterparts in Pakistan of Kasab’s execution.

“The external affairs ministry has informed the Pakistan government about the execution,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

It was not immediately clear whether the communication came before or after the execution.

The minister said that India was prepared to hand over the gunman’s body to Pakistani authorities but it had received no such request so far.

“If someone demands the body, we give the body. No demand was made,” he added.

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

Devika Rotwan, now 13, who was shot in the leg when Kasab and his colleague Ismail Khan opened fire at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus on the first night of the attacks, said she was pleased to hear about the execution.

“I am very happy that Kasab has been hanged. I had always felt and said that it should have happened earlier, but it is good,” Rotwan, who gave evidence at Kasab’s trial, told AFP.

“I was playing in the morning and heard about the news when I saw the television,” the schoolgirl added.

“The government has done something good at last.”

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

Pakistan has admitted that the attacks were planned partly on its soil, but denies any official involvement. It charged seven alleged plotters behind the attacks in 2009 but has insisted more evidence is needed to convict them.

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

At his trial, the prosecution produced fingerprint, DNA, eyewitness and TV footage evidence showing him opening fire and throwing grenades at Mumbai’s main railway station in the bloodiest episode of the attacks.

When his trial began in 2009, Kasab at first appeared relaxed, joking or smiling at lawyers and reporters.

But he seemed increasingly sullen, withdrawn and even asleep as the trial progressed, prompting fears for his mental state. He showed no emotion in the dock when the verdict was handed down.

Kasab appealed in the Supreme Court, claiming he did not receive a fair trial but his petition was struck down in August.

India has executed just one person in 15 years – a former security guard hanged in 2004 for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Prisoners can often languish for years on death row but there had been a huge clamour for Kasab’s execution.

During his appeal, Kasab argued that he was denied proper legal representation and that some charges against him were not proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

“I was denied a fair trial,” Kasab said in a statement when his appeal hearing began in January. “I may be guilty of killing people and carrying out a terrorist act but I am not guilty of waging war against the state.”

Pakistan’s stance

The Foreign Office of Pakistan maintained that the country’s stance on terrorism has been very clear and consistent and Pakistan has always condemned terrorisms in all its forms.

“We are willing to cooperate and work closely with all countries of the region to eliminate scourge of terrorism,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan on Wednesday.

The spokesperson clarified that reports in Indian press stating that Pakistan did not receive a note from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were incorrect and baseless. He said that the deputy high commissioner of Indian Embassy visited the Foreign Office on Tuesday evening with a note regarding the execution of Kasab.

Director General South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the note and acknowledged the receipt, he added.

According to Express News, the Foreign Office has also said that India will be contacted if Kasab’s family demands for his body.

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Reader Comments (131)

  • anand singh
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Not a day too soon.

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  • Paco Osuna
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:25AM

    Where are all the secular Indians who were so sympathetic for a recently hanged Pakistani person?

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  • sensible
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:31AM

    Justice served! now its high time that Pak also hang sarabjeet singh! there should be zero tolerance for terrorists from both sides.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 9:34AM

    Yet another innocent soul guillotined, a scapeoat if ever there was one. My many prayers for Ajmal Kasab…

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:34AM

    Good riddance, thank you India.

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  • Rana
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:42AM

    Let’s hang Sarabjit Singh now!!

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:43AM

    It’s a RAW conspiracy to eliminate all evidences pertaining to Mumbai inside job attacks, which was staged only to kill Karkare by the rightwing BJP to cower up their involvement in Samjhauta Express bombing.

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  • Punjabi
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:43AM

    Ok, lets see when his body is sent to pakistan, who receives it and where he get burried.

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  • Raj Kafir
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:44AM

    RIP….his body should be handed over to his parents for last rituals…

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  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:45AM

    “Pakistan has admitted that the attacks were planned partly on its soil, ”
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    but is silent on the fact that Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani national.

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  • MK
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:45AM

    YAWWWWWWNN…who cares…no offense..but he was an indian anyway…legit! So next cover page plz.

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  • KR
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:48AM

    Good for India, wish we can send some for our corrupt politicians to India also, may be we will see some justice in our lifetime.

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  • Utkarsh
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:48AM

    It’s satisfying in a way, but to think of it as a ‘tribute’ to the victims seems like blood lust.

    Capital punishment is always fraught with moral dilemmas, and though solely for the purpose of vengeance (and saving taxpayers’ money) hanging seems like a good thing, it’s still the death of a person who was ultimately brainwashed and tricked by misinformation into the crimes he did, and not because he was an evil, bloodthirsty monster (like the Colorado shooter, or Breivik).

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  • Haven't lost my sanity
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:50AM

    I hope people don’t try to make a ‘hero’ out of him! He was a murderer; he got what he deserved. Simple!

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  • Rampage
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:53AM

    justice serve…a criminal met his fate….i hope sarabjit singh gets to the gallows for his killing spree

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  • Feroze
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Wish we did the same here to every terrorist caught.

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  • Vikram
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:01AM

    God forbid! why they did not announced this date in advance, what were they afraid of?Recommend

  • 1984
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:01AM

    Now,few “patriotic” Pakistanis will comment about Narendra Modi,Col,Purohit….

    Remember,Narendra Modi was tried in many courts and was not found guilty

    Col.Purohit was caught by Indian Intelligence and was duly punished,ignoring his religion and army background…..

    But the rage in Indians will not rest till the mastermind of this attack is tried and hanged…..

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  • Ali
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:01AM

    and you will never see his dead body :-)

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  • vasan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:03AM

    Good riddance. One down and Many to go Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:11AM

    Killing innocent people is not allowed in Islam. He deserved what he got. May Allah Forgive His Sins!

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  • choptocut
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:11AM

    A killer of innocent human being__ he deserved this or perhaps more than this…

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:12AM

    What about a proper Jenazah prayer and burial?

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  • syed Imran
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Yes Nawaz Sharif, confirmed that Ajmal Kasab is from Pakistan-

    Read this +’”Challenging President Asif Ali Zardari’s assertion that there was no proof that the arrested Mumbai attacker hailed from Pakistan’s Punjab province, former premier Nawaz Sharif has said that the suspect’s village was cordoned off and his parents were not allowed to meet anyone.

    “I have checked myself. His (Ajmal Amir Iman alias Ajmal Kasab) house and village has been cordoned off by the security agencies. His parents are not allowed to meet anybody. I don’t undertand why it has been done,” Shraif, who hails from Punjab, said in an interview to ‘Geo News’ channel.

    “The people and media should be allowed to meet Iman’s parents so that the truth could come out in the open,” he said, adding that “We need some kind of introspection.”

    In his interview on Kamran Khan Kay Sath, Nawaz Sharif stated that Pakistan was becoming ‘a failed state’

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  • jism
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:14AM

    the clock is ticking for others

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Now this chapter/lesson must be closed and both countries’ leaders now only should have to pay their sincere,honest and determined attentions on the other burning and core issues’ resolution instead of wasting more and more time on Almal Qasab’s useless issue in the future because there have been lots of unresolved top priority required issues between Pakistan and India remained….Recommend

  • Bhatia
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:22AM

    “India has executed just one person in 15 years – a former security guard hanged in 2004 for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.”

    Says much about the woeful system of Indian courts.

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  • Javed
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:23AM

    Good, now hang the other Indian agent/terrorist who’s in Kot Lakhpat jail, Lahore and is a convicted terrorist.

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  • Indian Muslim
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:24AM

    Sad day. Why no fair trial for him?

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  • Noble Tufail
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:26AM

    used cartoos .. next time write better script India.

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  • AK47
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:27AM

    Bollywood directors should make a film on Kasab.

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  • Mohammad
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Nice! if it ever happens with the terrorists in Pakistan……who are granted bails.

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  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:30AM

    I wonder why Pakistani government is delaying in executing Sarabjit Singh who was given death sentence by Pakistani court in 1991, but till today his hanging is repeatedly being postponed. He was convicted for his involvement in 1990 serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed scores of innocent people.

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  • Lalai
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Justice served? Apparently yes but only time will tell.

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  • Usman786
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:34AM

    Will Indian suffer the same EU restrictions which were imposed on Pak after soldier’s hanging

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  • zehra
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:37AM

    excellent!! may we also have the courage to hang the cowards Taliban and terortists!!Recommend

  • jism
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:37AM

    was this a deliberate move by the government to calm down the millions who are opposing the India-Pakistan cricket match.
    In any case,this is not the end, we will not change our stand nor our demands.

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  • Jawed Miandad
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Great News, all terrorists must be hanged because taking the lives of innocent people is not the right thing, and goes against all religions teachings. Now only Pakistan government would do the same with taliban terrorists who are openly terrorizing and killing innocent pakistani civilians. Good Riddance

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  • Minister
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:42AM

    Pakistan should learn a valuable lesson from India. I do not remember Pakistan handing down a death sentence to a violent terrorist, and we have many. Obviously Pakistan has seen much more terrorist attacks than India, but no one was given what they deserve.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Justice finally served let’s see what Pakistan does with Surbajeet Singh.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:44AM

    “His execution is a fitting tribute to the victims of Mumbai attacks,” Patil added at a news conference.

    Would Mumbai Victims want a tribute of this kind ? Ajmal was at best a brainwashed person, who paid dearly with his life – while those who sent him to India roam free.

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  • harsh
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:46AM

    We must improve relationship with India trust deficit removed will make a new successful relationship which imran khan is talking about please don’t vote to noora league imran Pakistan pti zindabad

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Will India hand over his body to Pakistan and will Pakistan take his body ?

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  • Sultan Khan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Whosoever kills innocent non-combatant people must be hanged irrespective of whether he is a Pakistani, Indian, Israeli or a Palestinian.

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  • My Name is Khan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:53AM

    History is made and the name of Pakistan will remain forever in good books of History.

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  • Naveed Javed
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:56AM

    Lets equalize the scores and hang Sarbjit Singh!!

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  • PakistanUnited
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Sarabjit Singh should be next

    Same should be done with those responsible for the Samjhauta Express attack that killed 68 Pakistani nationals.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Few lessons to learn here for Pakistan’s budding democracy:

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    1) Indians did not waste time passing tough anti-terror laws. Our parliament passes laws/bills left, right and centre to protect Gillanis and Zardari but our anti-terror law revision is gathering dust. Recently a seniour army rangers official asked the sindh government on the delay and was told that most politicians are afraid they might fall victim to the same law if passed. That is the quality of our elected representatives.
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    2) Indians milked Kasab for what he was worth, parading him in front of media and asking and bullying Pakistan for favours in return before finally executing him (something they could have done last year). Indian defence circles claimed Kasab’s capture as a ‘golden opportunity’ and said ‘we haven’t had Pakistan cornered like this since ’71.

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    Now, my dear Nubulent Liberatis, go back to the library and read democracy 101 and defence strategy 101 before commenting on your own Army. .
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    .To the inevitable Indian trolling about to begin on this story, ‘Thank You, (don’t) come again’

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  • roadkashehzada
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:07AM

    There were news of withdrawl of some relaxations given to pakistan trade from EU because of the capital punishment in pakistan last week. any comments from EU on india?
    also, while the case of mumbai attack is still open, why indian government killed the only living witness against alleged guys in pakistan. now ll indian witnesses are indian employees.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:09AM

    good. now let us cremate his body- so that no body else will take up terrorism.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Last witness to Mumbai false flag op killed. Dead men tell no tales.

    Prayers for Hemant Karkare and his family.

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Surbjeet Singh to be hanged next….. whats we waiting for……shame on Pakistani corrupt leadership…….

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  • Noor
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:21AM

    How can this (to hang one person) be a just punishment; if the charge was ‘killing of 166 people’.

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  • Ali T.
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:25AM

    Good riddance. Time to get rid of Sarabjit the terrorist as well

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  • Ryan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:25AM

    RIP Mumbai terrorist attack victims of 26/11.

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  • Shafaq
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Bad decision by Indian Govt. He must be punished by Life imprisonment. Our Government should take a lesson from these people and never release any of their nationals who are in our custody on FRIENDLY basis.

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  • A2Z
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:32AM

    Why India never allowed Pakistani authorities to interview him?
    Where are champions of so called champions of human rights who were against the execution of recently hanged Pakistani person?
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  • Faraz
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:40AM

    @Javed:
    shame on you praying for a man caught red-handed killing innocent people. Scapegoat or not, conspiracy theory or not!

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  • sunil bhalla
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Diwali was on 13 nov….but humanity will celebrate it again today. Happy diwali…..kasab’s death is a victory of good over evil.

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  • gp65
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:53AM

    @Paco Osuna: “Where are all the secular Indians who were so sympathetic for a recently hanged Pakistani person?”

    This has nothing to do with religion, so please do not bring secularism into this discussion.

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  • waqas
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:54AM

    As a pakistani, who lost relatives due to bomb blasts, I would say he deserved this! No one understands the pain of mumbai victims families as much as I do! and those who opposed this punishment, u should wonder urself, would u forgive a murderer who killed your family?

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  • PaKhtoon
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:55AM

    We want Surbjeet Singh to be hang as soon as possible…

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:56AM

    Good riddance

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  • hum
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:59AM

    Life lost for nothing !!!

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  • bp
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:06PM

    death penalty must be abolished. it is murder by the society of a man.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 12:06PM

    NEW DELHI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said that the Indian government tried to reach to the family members of Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged this morning in Pune’s Yerwada jail. He also said that Kasab has been buried in the Yerwada jail premises itself.

    http://rtilive.pk/detail/6741

    Right to Information Pakistan Live, RTI Live, Information Pakistan, RTI online Research ORganization,
    Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan, Indian government , Ajmal Kasab, Pune’s Yerwada jail, Sushil Kumar Shinde , 2008 Mumbai terror attacks

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Sad! !! Now waiting when Pakistan will Hang Sarbajit and other terrorists of INDIA…

    PAKISTAN GOVT SHOULD MUST TAKE THIS SERIOUS.. AND REPLY TO INDIA BY HANGING RAW AGENTSRecommend

  • Paki Muslim
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:17PM

    You call them Pakistani, you declare them Muslim and then you hang them!

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  • Vikram
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:20PM

    @Ali
    and you will never see his dead body :-)
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    So its more like Osama now, Is Kasab is still alive somewhere enjoying Indian hospitality?

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  • ikmundapunjabi
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:23PM

    @mr. righty rightist: yes everything in this world is conspiracy,everyone is out to get u muslims becoz they dont have better things to do or worry about….get real dude…the world is not run on conspiracy theories but facts.

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  • zeeshan sheikh
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Rest in Peace May Allah give you jannat

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  • Super Star
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:25PM

    So Sad ! Pakistans Ghazi and inspiration to many Paksitanis is no more !

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  • Saboor Ahmed Awan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:27PM

    where is HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 12:30PM

    @Punjabi:
    Pak Govt refused to accept the body. So he is buried in the jail where he was hanged.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 12:32PM

    @Ali:

    Pak Govt refused to accept the body. So he is buried in the jail where he was hanged.

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  • GT
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:47PM

    @Indian Muslim. Fair trail? I can understand why are you asking that.

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  • harsh
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:48PM

    What about sarabjit and samjhauta blast will pak take a leaf out of India

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  • Hasan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Pakistan would be better off if it could hang similar mentally deranged killers roaming the streets of Karachi and the rest of it. Our judicial system is scared and ineffective, and ordinary citizens are left at the mercy of common thugs. We have become so numb and surreal that we try to find conspiracy even in the simplest of things. Kasab was filmed and documented, what more is required to convict him, yet there is an audience who will have the gall to say he was innocent.

    If we overcome this attitude, we can start to fix Pakistan’s fundamental problem with enforcing the rule of law.

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  • Voice of Gilgit
    Nov 21, 2012 - 12:57PM

    He was innocent, he has been used and the drivers take side when he went into trouble a sad day.

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  • abdul
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Only fools celebrate a human death

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  • Indian2905
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:03PM

    @Indian Muslim: Sad Day ? Are you insane or what ? He killed 166 innocent people and you are saying should a fair trial ? he ate lods of biryani jail…and what you want.

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  • Born Political
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:04PM

    @1984, Similarly hafiz saeed was tried in Pakistani courts and he has been set free. Courts in this part of world are not that credible. If indian extremists did not carry out samjhota express and Gujrat riots, who were they?

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  • Saim Baig
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Justice served!!! I am a Pakistani but i feel it is the right thing to do.

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  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:28PM

    @Usman786: “Will Indian suffer the same EU restrictions which were imposed on Pak after soldier’s hanging”
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    Pakistan was granted favorable trading terms as a measure of assistance against the floods in Pakistan.Since India does not enjoy any such measures the question of EU restrictions does not arise. I am sorry if that disappoints you.

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  • Ajamal
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Shame on Pakistan – not a single terrorist hanged!!

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  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:37PM

    How Pakistani society helped to mould Kasab as an anti Indian Terrorist
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    Some day that story will unfold. In the meanwhile lets all pray for the salvation of his soul.
    The death of every human being diminishes humanity.

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  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:40PM

    @Caramelized_Onion: “Few lessons to learn here for Pakistan’s budding democracy:”
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    Pakistan’s budding democracy does not believe in lessons.

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  • Rizwan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:42PM

    Well-done any body involved in terrorism should have the same sentence and should be hanged till death.

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  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:44PM

    ““His execution is a fitting tribute to the victims of Mumbai attacks.”
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    Indian Ministers statement aimed at winning popularity.
    The families of the victims of the Mumbai attacks know very well the futility of bloodshed.
    His execution is merely meeting out of legal process re Mumbai attacks.”

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  • Azim
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Justice Served !
    Its a moment where Pakistan and Indians should stop for a moment and reflect as to what all this hate given to the people in last 60 + years…..I think only misery and sorrow!

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  • jism
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:46PM

    @sensible:
    “there should be zero tolerance for terrorists from both sides.”
    finally, a sane voice.
    The Indian army has the same motto when dealing with terrorists: no mercy !!

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  • patriot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:52PM

    He talked/looked like indians . He was no way a pakistani.

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  • Spud
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:01PM

    @Javed: You are not a true Muslim if you believe that a person who guns down innocents as an innocent and a scapegoat. Who was behind him and how was he a scapegot? You are not fit to be called a human.

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  • aaj
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Being a pakistani… I support this because he has clearly executed innocent people and Allah will not forgive him for his sins….

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  • Jim
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Some tell Hafiz Saeed we will get him too. Sooner or later, we will get him. And @usman786, no, there wont be any EU repercussion for this hanging. Why? See, that’s the difference between India and Pakistan. You guys just don’t get it. You are not in the same league.

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  • Spud
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @Rana: Only after he was proved to have killed Pakistanis and not just for spying for India. But then again can Pakistan show such legal procedural maturity as India has shown. Is Pakistan capable of this? Pakistan is still refusing to accept that Kasab and others who were killed on 26/11/2008 were its citizens and are still hiding military and others involved on this dastardly act.

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  • kamran afghan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:26PM

    well why is pakistani side silent on samjhuta express I think their ex-general was involved in it but you guys never asked them back whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy???????

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  • pak
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:29PM

    now where are human rights????….. when pak hang his solider then France and Indian condemned… what about kasab.. there was no fair trial…. all are corrupted================= May Khuda Bless his Soul<><><> Amin

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Is it not strange that there are no comments from any Politician in our country. People would like to know what Hafiz Saeed Sahib or other like minded say on this hanging. Anyhow we still have hundreds in our own jails on somewhat same charges waiting to see their fate.Recommend

  • RAZZ
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:46PM

    He was a terrorist, He deserved of what he did. we were expecting same result from indian government.
    Now it is time that Pakistan should take a positive step to varnish the terrorism form the soil of PakistanRecommend

  • Pro Truth
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:51PM

    ET its not a headline, the guy was not a hero but a terrorist, who brought shame to Pakistan. He deserved this punishment a long ago, india just given more time as it was good to raise this issue in press again and again!

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  • Minto
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:53PM

    The guilty should be punished, but isn’t it hypocritical of the secularists and the liberals who are happy at the death penalty but are usually speaking against capital punishment?

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  • jism
    Nov 21, 2012 - 2:55PM

    @waqas:
    “As a pakistani, who lost relatives due to bomb blasts, I would say he deserved this! No one understands the pain of mumbai victims families as much as I do! and those who opposed this punishment, u should wonder urself, would u forgive a murderer who killed your family?”

    i sincerely hope that you will find peace in your life, may Allah give you all the strength to over come your difficulties. i wish you and your family all the happiness.

    an Indian friend!

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  • some guy
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:27PM

    why all this secrecy in executing him? It only increases the doubts that this was a play directed by indian agencies. was the man in jail really Kasab? was the man really executed? No one even saw his dead body…was this name Kasab really of that terrorist who killed people or was it an agent of Raw given this name and false identity?…so many questions remain unanswered..

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  • Parvez
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Justice done and more importantly, seen to have been done.

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  • ajit harshe
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:42PM

    what does india gain by hanging him 4 years after 26/11 and after 2 years after the sentence? congress is just trying to get some hindu votes to compensate the muslim votes which it failed to secure even after so many tricks.

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  • Safi A
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:45PM

    What’s my mistake if he’s a Pakistani?

    Sincerely,
    An average Pakistani.Recommend

  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Nov 21, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Where is the dead body? Did anyone actually see his dead body? I’m not conspiracy theorist, but what’s the evidence that he has been hanged to death? ?

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  • Procrastinator
    Nov 21, 2012 - 4:38PM

    With this development Shadman Chownk shall be renamed to Shaheed Ajmal Amir Kasab Chowk.

    I am pretty dam sure I will get plenty of support for this notion. :)

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Kasab is neither a Pakistani nor a Indian ; He is a beast and enemy number one of human beings on earth.

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  • Ahmad
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:02PM

    I hope this will bring some closure to the families of the victims. Not to mimic the biased Indians’ comments, but yes, he was a tool.. the people who masterminded the whole attack need to be punished. We need to get past misguided nationalism and call a spade a spade. People who perpetrate such crimes against humanity are enemies of Islam, not its soldiers.

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  • joy
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:25PM

    @ all those praying for ajmal kasab…………………..had you people said all these prayers for your only nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam ( today is his birth anniversay), you would not have been living a lie.

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  • Abdul Rehman Khan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @pakistanunited. I fully agree with you. Why we have not done kasab-like justice to terrorist and mass murderer surbajit singh.

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  • G. Din
    Nov 21, 2012 - 6:24PM

    @Ahmad:
    “We need to get past misguided nationalism and call a spade a spade.”
    You will be mighty glad you did. Truth shall set you free!

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 7:03PM

    1.”You call them Pakistani, you declare them Muslim and then you hang them!” 2. “now where are human rights????….. when pak hang his solider then France and Indian condemned… what about kasab.. there was no fair trial…. all are corrupted================= May Khuda Bless his Soul<><><> Amin”
    These two messages and most of the messages on board indicate that most of the people of Pakistan do not think that Kasab did any thing wrong. I wonder how and when the psyche of majority of people of Pakistan has become so much pro terrorism. When are they going to realize that a terrorist and a Jehadi is not one and the same. Killing innocent people whether in India or Pakistan is certainly not Jehad. Blind meaning less Hatred is just not letting them see the truth and the pitfalls.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 7:10PM

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

    He was pressurised,they used third method against him,new tools were adopted for confessing that LeT was involved in attack.

    At last he confessed,the statement investigator recored was not clear-cut and according to law,vide the definition of confession in the Indian Penal Cod.

    Confession in the police custody is not acceptable,it creats doubt regarding the involvement of LeT in the attack and benefit of doubt not goes to the prosecution side.

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  • chimgaadarr
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Silenced ….

    … the key that could lead to Conspirators of Hemant Karkare’s murder … thrown away …

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  • 1984
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:35PM

    @Born Political:
    Unlike Pakistanis,No Indian is denying that Samjauta Express was carried out by Hindu extremist and in fact,we are happy that he’s caught so that no other Hindu would do such thing with confidence that Indian govt will blame on Pakistan

    Regarding Gujarat,Read any neutral source,they all will say it started when a group of muslim extremists burned a train containing Hindu pilgrims and the Hindus in the nearby areas started rioting…..
    I know the retaliation was wrong,but if u see that Muslims have rioted over a movie,then how can u guarrentee that Hindus of those area would have been peaceful when they saw people burnt just because they were Hindu
    After the riot started,17000 Hindus and 7,000 muslims were pre-emplty arrested to minimize loss and the army was brought in the 3rd day…
    I dont know how Modi could be responsible for that,if thats the case,the CM of Sindh should have been hanged multiple times for the violence in Karachi…..

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  • Avishek
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Good job india.

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  • JSM
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:29PM

    @Arijit Sharma:

    I fully endorse your view.Recommend

  • Nov 21, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Vienna,November21,2012
    The man behind him, declared in Pakistan as ” proclaimed Offender”,
    was in New Delhi preparing the noose so that it slips smooth and
    fast.So for whose soul should we pray the Lal Masijid attacker or a
    poor kid named Ajmal Kasab ?
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • JSM
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:00PM

    @roadkashehzada:

    Where is the case open? In Pakistan?

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  • R, ind.
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:32AM

    Justice done or not. Well for those who lost their close ones in Mumbai violence and for many Indians and people all over the world, Kasab’s hanging might be justified. Im an Indian and when I saw the bloodshed in 2008, even I wanted him to be hanged. But while today reading the background of his family, his upbringing and the fact that he was just in his early 20′s when he committed the terrorist act, makes me think that the real reason behind all this was poverty and his exploitation by the so called trainers. I read somewhere that he was promised 1 lac rupees to do the job. He and his family must have been extremely poor that he agreed to do risk his life at such a young age for such a petty amount, and for whom, his family, his younger sister and brother. Human beings are not animals but circumstances force them to behave like one. If people have jobs, a decent income to make their basic necessities meet, no one will take such a route. Kasab was perhaps too young to understand the route he took…and unfortunately there was no turning back for him…I feel it was only his family condition which forced him to take the gun. Like any other guy, if he had resources for education, or even to take up a vocational course and get into a job, he wouldn’t have taken this route. For that matter, no one would. People play politics with human mind. They forget that they also have to answer the god one day. Somehow, I am not sure how I’m feeling today, but am not happy to hear too much about kasab’s hanging and feel sorry for the poor guy and his family.

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  • BooHoo
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:31AM

    Kasab laid down his life by perpetrating crime as a pawn in the hands of sinister masterminds so that his family could get regular income from these agencies. It is sad to see how poverty forces young men to make the ultimate sacrifice such that their families get a better tomorrow. Pakistan needs to rethink its strategy on job creation such that there are alternative means of income available for these unguided souls.

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  • Insaan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 8:50AM

    @PakistanUnited: What about Pakistanis who killed 3 million people in Bangladesh/East Pakistan?

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 22, 2012 - 11:02AM

    @Ajamal:Shame on Pakistan – not a single terrorist hanged!!
    This is only because the terrorists are released from the courts only due to the shortage and lack of the evidences and in Pakistan eyewitnesses don’t appear in the courts to say any thing against the terrorists just due to their lives’ risks because in Pakistan there are no any rules to protect the eyewitnesses’ lives….

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  • Sauheen
    Nov 22, 2012 - 11:21AM

    Last word of Kasab was “Allah kasam aisi galati dobara nahi hogi, Allah muze maaf kare”, it means he was feeling very much guilty for killing the innocent people (including some muslims) by the name of state. Other terrorists should learn something from last word of their hero “Kasab”.

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  • kam
    Nov 22, 2012 - 3:17PM

    see whos calling kettle black lol sort ur own house first mate !!Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Pakistan should hang sarbjeet singh and demand jusice for innocent people killed in Sumjhota express…!

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  • Ali
    Nov 22, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Is India blind to see 1 lac Kashmirs, who martyred by their cruel army?

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  • Ali S
    Nov 23, 2012 - 6:54PM

    He was a petty criminal in Lahore before that. A fine example of bottom of the barrel scum. He died too comfortably.

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