Pakistanis against Kasab death sentence: Poll

Majority of Pakistanis are not in favour of death sentence awarded to Ajmal Amir Kasab.

Last Updated: May 13, 2010, 16:28 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Majority of Pakistanis are not in favour of death sentence awarded to Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during Mumbai terror attacks.

According to an opinion survey by a Pakistani Urdu Daily, only 2,412 respondents thought it was right to award death sentence to Kasab, while a majority of 7,421 respondents responded in negative.

The opinion poll was conducted by Asas Urdu Daily.

Kasab was sentenced to death on May 07 for the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack, which left 166 people dead and 244 injured. The 22-year-old terrorist was awarded death sentence on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and indulging in terrorist activities.

Meanwhile, the Azkar Urdu Daily said in an editorial that “the terrorist attack were executed at the time when Pakistani Foreign Minister was in India and was due to meet his Indian counterpart and a major decision to resolve Kashmir issue was expected, but the terrorists averted a possible decision by that act.”

The Daily added that the aim behind the 26/11 attacks should have been ascertained before announcing the quantum of punishment.

The editorial further mentioned the hoax call episode in which a call was purportedly made from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari threatening Pakistan with an attack.

In this context, the Daily opines, “Since during the Mumbai terror attacks, infrastructure of different countries were used, a joint commission should have been constituted and all those involved should have been prosecuted as Mumbai was not a small incident.”

This attack “was a conspiracy to push the two nuclear countries into a war and the conspirators deserve no sympathy,” said the Daily, adding, “Punishment has been announced to Kasab who is no doubt a Pakistani, but suspense remains over the people behind the call made to Pakistani President.”