Cong hopes Pakistan will understand Indian legal system

Congress today welcomed the conviction of Mumbai blast accused Ajmal Kasab and hoped that Pakistan will understand that the Indian system ensures rule of law and fair play for all accused.

Updated: May 04, 2010, 21:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress today welcomed the
conviction of Mumbai blast accused Ajmal Kasab and hoped that
Pakistan will understand that the Indian system ensures rule
of law and fair play for all accused.

"We welcome the judgement of the court on Kasab. We hope
exemplary punishment would be given to him," party
spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters here.

She said it was a great victory and "achievement of our
judicial system" and indicative of the strong authority of the
rule of law in our country that this trial took place in a
free, fair and transparent manner.

"We express our fervent hope that all perpetrators of the
26/11 will be brought to book including the original
instigators. After this Pakistan will understand that our
system ensures rule of law and fair play even for those
accused of the most heinous crimes," Natarajan said.

The Congress spokesperson also downplayed the demand for
holding caste based census saying this was an issue on which
any decision has to be taken on the basis of consensus.
"This is an issue on which the decision needs to be taken
by consensus. A view has to be taken by talking to the
allies," she said.

Asked how Congress will respond to the political
situation in Jharkhand, where BJP has announced withdrawal of
support to the Shibu Soren-led government, Natarajan said,
"we are watching the situation. We are looking at how BJP and
JMM manage their alliance."

To question when would the Womens` Reservation Bill
brought in Lok Sabha, Natarajan, who also chaired the Standing
Committee on the Bill, said, "our desire is to see it as soon
as possible." She, however, said the timing has be decided by
the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

PTI