After Kasab

Published: November 23, 2012

JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: Some people in India were rejoicing at the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive during the Mumbai attacks, but I wonder why his execution was followed by such a sense of jubilation. Ajmal was just a foot soldier — an illiterate young boy brainwashed into jihad who came to Mumbai to cause as much death as possible and then die. As long as his fellow ideologists, financiers and handlers remain out of reach of law, mere hanging of a lone terrorist will not achieve anything.

This is equally applicable on both sides of the border; Pakistan lost 45,000 civilians and military personnel during the last decade, while locally groomed terrorists are still roaming the streets of Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and elsewhere with impunity as we have been unable to catch and implicate the real culprits behind these crimes. What about the Samjhauta Express bombers and those responsible for the demolition of the Babri Mosque, the Mumbai riots of 1992-93, the Gujarat riots of 2002? The list goes on.

Unless we free ourselves from the philosophies of bloodthirsty hatred on both sides of the border — which are used to indoctrinate a sense of achievement and afterlife reward — nothing will change. Statements, vows, speeches will not work anymore unless we open our eyes and see the real enemy who wants to push both countries into Stone Age.

Masood Khan

Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • roger
    Nov 23, 2012 - 1:39AM

    after kasab……..hafiz saeed……………..:)


  • ravi
    Nov 23, 2012 - 8:27AM

    Dont try to make a balancing act.

    We in India are not demanding early prosecution of terrorist attacks taking in Pakistan. That is for them to decide.

    The accused in samjhota blasts have already been arrested in India and are being tried. Guj roits accused have already been sentenced. These are blots on indian state and indian govt is trying avoid its recurrence.

    But what about all the actors who roam freely in Pakistan making big statements.

    Ultimately it boils down to what Pakistan will do about people who cross over in to India and create mayhem.


  • Nov 23, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Where do you think the perpetrators of Samjhota Express blasts are? THEY ARE IN JAIL!!! They are not roaming around India delivering fiery speeches and collecting funds in the guise of charity organizations.

    Stop this tit for tat, because Mumbai and Samjhota blasts are not equals.

    We had to literally plead Pakistan to start an investigation, whereas in the latter case we took action voluntarily and arrested the perpetrators.

    The result: NO MORE HINDU TERRORIST INCIDENT SINCE THEN. How many Terrorist attacks have taken place in Pakistan since Mumbai attacks? Can you even count them..


  • Vivek
    Nov 23, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Equal-Equal as usual


  • Ravi
    Nov 23, 2012 - 3:00PM

    @Masood Khan
    The problem with muslims in pakistan is they try to become the thekedars of indian muslims and when ever cornered would try to concentrate on issues not concerned with them, like babri mosque or gujrat riots. For the info neither gujrat riots happend in pakistan nor babri mosque is in pakistan. The thing is they are both our internal matters and we will sort them out. As yes as far as samjhota express is concerned the accused are in jail, they don’t roam on the streets of delhi shouting religious war on pakistan neither they have any support in india just like islamic militants have in pakistan.


  • G. Din
    Nov 23, 2012 - 5:44PM

    “… we open our eyes and see the real enemy who wants to push both countries into Stone Age.”
    Since all other points have been adequately responded to above, I shall take the last point.
    Sir, we don’t consider anyone in the world “our enemy”. We may have disagreements with some, for which we remain ever ready to discuss and resolve.
    As regards “the real enemy” you seem to be alluding to, remind yourself that you were in bed with him (Baghdad Pact, CENTO, SEATO) when you derived much benefit from that association. You attacked us using the military materiel supplied by the same “real enemy” to you to fight his “real enemy”. Now, you are his “Most Important non-NATO Ally”.
    I put it to you, sir, that you are a fickle partner and a duplicitous, double-crossing, double-dealing ally!
    Never ever expect that we will make common cause with you! There is absolutely nothing common between us. And, if you can point to a few, trust me, we are not proud of those.
    No nation has been pushed into stone age unless and until, according to Din’s Law, it provided a provocation first. You may be justified in having such paranoia because you are provoking the world with your export of terrorism.


  • Girish
    Nov 23, 2012 - 9:27PM

    “…….but I wonder why his execution was followed by such a sense of jubilation…………” !!! Let me ask you have you ever lost one or more family members or friends to a terrorist act emanating from, both the foot soldier and the shrewd planners, your neighboring country? You only experienced or experiencing the same elements but from your country !!!


  • gp65
    Nov 23, 2012 - 10:21PM

    False equivalence as usual. First of all Gujrat riots and Smjhauta express were within India. No one crossed the border to atack people in Pakistan. Secondly India did not drag its feet on Samjhauta express investigations and Colonel Purohit is in jail as are the accused bith Hindus and Muslims associated with Gujarat riots. As a result there have been no major communal incidents in India.

    The fact that the letter writer brings up these issues internal to India and including it in the context of Indo-Pak relations implies that Pakistan thinks it owns the Indian Muslims. IT woud be quite enough if it takes ownership of the Pakistanis in Pakistan be it Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis or Shias; be it Balochs or Swatis, none of whom are safe.


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