Kasab verdict a message to Pak, terrorists: Moily

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today said the verdict in the 26/11 case was a message to Pakistan that it cannot meddle in the country`s affairs and to terrorists that they will face the same fate as Ajmal Kasab.

Updated: May 06, 2010, 17:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Law Minister M Veerappa Moily
today said the verdict in the 26/11 case was a message to
Pakistan that it cannot meddle in the country`s affairs and to
terrorists that they will face the same fate as Ajmal Kasab.

He asserted that Kasab deserved the most severe
punishment for his acts. "He deserves more than that. If
something more can be done it would be welcome," he told
reporters when asked about the special court verdict awarding
death sentence to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab.

Moily said the awarding of death sentence to Kasab was
also a message to Pakistan that it cannot meddle with the
lives and properties of people in India.

"Pakistan cannot meddle with the lives and properties
of (our people) and if any terrorist is encouraged by them, he
will meet the same fate as Kasab," he said here.

"The verdict sends a message to all terrorists -- you
land in India and you will meet the same fate," he said adding
that justice had been done to the nation.

‘Kasab sentence message to masterminds’

Congress today said the death
sentence handed over to 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab sends out a
message to all the perpetrators and masterminds of terror.

"It is a horrendous crime that Kasab had committed on
26/11 and the court judgement is an appropriate conclusion" of
the judicial process, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told
reporters outside Parliament.

Kasab was sentenced to death for the 26/11 terror attacks
by a special court in Mumbai.

"It will send out a message to all the perpetrators and
masterminds of terror that if they attempt to wage a proxy war
against India then not only they would meet with resolute
force of the Indian State, the Indian judiciary process will
also react to it appropriately," Tewari said.

Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said it was a
"tremendous achievement" for the Indian judiciary that free
and fair trial was conducted and Kasab was given an exemplary
punishment.

"The heinous crime he has committed, including waging a
war against the people and killing so many of our countrymen
and women, is something we can never forget or forgive
Pakistan for," Natarajan said.

"It is a matter of pride for India that our judicial
system is so transparent and so competent that such an
important trial completed in one year," she said.

Welcoming the sentence, Mumbai Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam
said the attacks were not only aimed at Mumbai but the whole
India. "After this verdict, Pakistan should also take strict
measures against terrorism."

Nirupam said the whole exercise should not be prolonged
in mercy petitions and Kasab`s death sentence should be
executed as soon as possible.

PTI