Patna: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir, refused to comment on the mercy plea forwarded to the President of India by Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes to survive, but added that he respects the country's judicial system and process.
Bashir, who was on a visit to Bihar's state capital to finalise arrangements for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's forthcoming visit to Pakistan, told media persons that he had no comment to offer on the Kasab case.
It maybe recalled that Kasab's has had to forward a mercy plea to President Pranab Mukherjee after facing rejection the Indian Government and the country's courts.
"We respect the judicial processes and of course I have nothing to really comment on this particular development," said Bashir.
The Supreme Court of India confirmed Kasab's death sentence on August 29 this year, almost four years to the day when Pakistani terrorists, including Kasab killed 166 people, and wounded over 300 others in violent strike spread over three days in India's financial capital.
The ten militants arrived on the Mumbai shoreline in a dinghy on November 26, 2008, before splitting into four groups and embarking on a killing spree. They held off elite commandos for up to 60 hours in two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre in the city. Kasab was the only attacker to survive.
Commenting on his meeting with Nitish Kumar, Bashir said the Bihar chief minister would be visiting Pakistan for eight days from November 9.
"We are delighted that the honourable chief minister has decided to visit Pakistan. So, I had an opportunity to discuss at some length the arrangements that are being made for his visit. I can tell you that he will be visiting on the invitation of the chief ministers of the Sindh province and Punjab province. That means he will visit Karachi in Sindh province for a few days, then to Islamabad, our capital city, and then to Lahore, which is the provincial capital of Punjab," Bashir added.
Kumar will be the second chief minister from Bihar to visit Pakistan. His predecessor-Lalu Prasad travelled to Pakistan in 2003.