Rule of law followed: Khurshid on Kasab

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 18:58 hrs

Mumbai, Nov 21 (IBNS) 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.

He told media that Pakistan ignored a fax message that had been sent to its Foreign Office on Kasab´s execution.

"Everything has been done as per law. This shows the law applies to everyone the same," he said.

Khurshid said if Pakistan or the family of Kasab asks for the body, India will consider it.

"Right now, we don´t have any such request. Our letter was not accepted by Pakistan foreign office," he said, adding that fax message was then sent.

Khurshid said he hoped that rule of law will prevail in Pakistan as well.

Ajmal Kasab was hanged at Pune´s Yerawada Jail at 7.30 am on Wednesday morning and later buried inside the jail.

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told a news channel that secrecy had been maintained over Kasab´s execution because the government did not want to compromise the security situation in any way.

A total of 166 people including foreigners were killed in the coordinated attack on Mumbai from Nov 26 to 29 in 2008.

Kasab was the only among the ten Pakistani gunmen who was captured alive after they went on a killing spree in Mumbai for nearly three days targetting luxury hotels, Jewish centres, railways stations and hospital.

South Mumbai was the main target as the attacks took place at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier´s College.

Kasab, who is a Pakistan groomed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, was hanged after a four year long legal process and following rejection of his mercy petitions at every forum- from Supreme Court to the President.

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