Pakistan Government and Kasab's kin informed about execution: Salman Khurshid

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 06:24 hrs
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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday disclosed that the Pakistan Government and Ajmal Kasab's family had been informed about the execution.

"The information I have is that under the law we are required and in sense of propriety we attempted to convey to Pakistan Foreign Office that this decision have been taken and execution will be done this morning. Since those... were not accepted by the Foreign Office, by fax we indicated the information to them," said Khurshid.

"Therefore, our obligation to inform them adequately was fulfilled. We also had in our possession a particular address given by Kasab and we did convey to that address as well the decisions that have been taken," he added.

Khurshid further informed that New Delhi has not received any information from the Pakistani Government or family members of Kasab for the body.

"If Pakistan or the family asks for the body, the government will consider it as per the laws. Right now, we don't have any such information," he said, while emphasizing that all developments have taken place as per the Indian laws.

Kasab was hanged at Pune's Yerawada Jail at 7:30 a.m. today after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.

25-year-old Kasab had been lodged in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai ever since he was arrested immediately after the attack in 2008. He was convicted and given capital punishment by the trial court on May 6, 2010, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court on February 21, 2011.

The Supreme Court subsequently upheld the sentence on August 29 this year.

Kasab was one of the ten terrorists who travelled to India for the attack. Other nine were killed in the operation. 166 people were killed in the Mumbai terror attack.

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