New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said the verdict against Ajmal Kasab in the Mumbai attacks case is a "clear message" to terror outfits in Pakistan and has proved that India can take strong action against criminals and terrorists.
"It (verdict) is a clear message to the terrorists
outfits, organisations and groups working there across the
border", Antony told reporters here.
"It has been proved by this judgment...under the present
law itself...if there is a will we can take strong action and
we can send a proper message to all the criminals and
terrorists," he said on the sidelines of a function to mark
the golden jubilee of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a
defence infrastructure institution.
Antony was asked about his reaction to the death sentence
awarded to Kasab by a trial court in Mumbai for the attacks on
the megapolis on November 26, 2008 in which 166 people were
To a question on Pakistan using US-supplied weapons in a
military exercise focusing on India`s western borders, the
Defence Minister said the Americans had already been warned of
the possibility that the equipment supplied by it to fight the
Taliban would be diverted to target India.
"We have already conveyed our concern about transfer of
(US) equipment to Pakistan. We told them (Americans) our fear,
even though US is giving equipment to Pakistan to fight
against Taliban, we feel there is every possibility of
(Pakistan) diverting most of them to the Indian borders. We
told the US that they have to be careful about that," he said.