Kasab verdict: Pak legal experts to study judgement

Last Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 16:31

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday reacted in a
guarded manner to the death sentence handed down to its
national Ajmal Kasab by an Indian court for his involvement in
the Mumbai attacks, saying its legal experts would study the
detailed judgement.

"We have seen in India the reported judgement on Ajmal
Kasab and the sentence has been pronounced today. You will
appreciate that our legal experts need to go through the
detailed judgement," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit
said.

"At this stage, what I can tell you is that Pakistan has
strongly condemned the horrific Mumbai attacks. It is
important that the culprits are brought to justice," he told a
weekly news briefing.

In response to repeated questions on whether Pakistan
government will extend legal aid to Kasab, Basit said Kasab`s
lawyers in India will decide on how to proceed further in the
matter.

He added that it was incumbent on the Pakistan government
to provide assistance to its nationals abroad but it is
important to determine where such aid is required and where it
is not.

Asked about comments by Indian officials that the verdict
against Kasab was a message to Pakistan that it should not
export terror, Basit said, "it is important to avoid such
far-fetched statements as both countries have agreed to resume
their dialogue."

Pakistan would approach the proposed dialogue in that
spirit, he added.

A special court in Mumbai sentenced Kasab to death
for the Mumbai terror attacks, saying that keeping such a
terrorist alive will be a "lingering danger" to the society
and the Indian government.

It pronounced capital punishment for the 22-year-old
terrorist on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder,
waging war against the country, abetting murder and committing
terrorist activities under the Unlawful Activities Prevention
Act.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 16:31

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