India's main Opposition party BJP on Wednesday welcomed the hanging of the lone surviving terrorist in the 26/11 Mumbai attack Ajmal Kasab, but stressed on the fact that his handlers in Pakistan should also be brought to justice.
"Better late than never. Kasab`s hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab`s handler`s across the border are brought to justice," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, adding that Afzal Guru, accused in the 2001 Parliament attack case, should also be hanged soon.
BJP leader and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi also echoed Hussain`s views. "What about Afzal Guru, who attacked Parliament, our temple of democracy, in 2001? That offence predates Kasab`s heinous act by many years," Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Reacting to the hanging of lone surviving terrorist in the 26/11 Mumbai attack Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday morning in Pune`s Yerwada jail, India`s external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said rule of law has been followed.
Reports said the authorities followed the jail manual and Kasab was offered the option of contacting his family and putting down his will. He declined both.
Kasab had no last wish before he was hanged at Pune`s Yerawada Jail at 7.30 am on Wednesday morning, said Maharashtra home minister R R Patil after the execution of the terrorist.
In Picture: Bharatiya Janata Party members stamp on portraits of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab to celebrate the news of his execution, in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 21.