Islamabad: A day after the lone survivor of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged to death in Pune’s Yerwada Central Prison, Pakistan’s cricketer-turned –politician Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has reportedly demanded hanging of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh as part of retaliation.
Kasab was executed at 7.30 am yesterday, five days before the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He was buried inside the jail at 9.30 am.
Sarabjit Singh has been imprisoned in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat jail since 1990 on the charges of serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 people. Under Pakistan’s Army Act, Sarabjit was given death sentence in 1991.
As per Times now report, PTI leader Naeemullah Khan said, "India waited for less than a month after the final verdict by their judiciary and we are protecting the terrorists for the last eight years."
The demand was made during a demonstration in Multan and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was blamed for being the "biggest hurdle" to the execution of terrorists.
However Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur said, "He is not in the government so there is no need for me to a react."
The opposition party of Imran khan has demanded that the Pakistan government should hang ‘Sarabjit and all other Indian terrorists’.
In Lahore, Sarabjit's lawyer Awais Shaikh said this has made the release of his client "much harder". But he expressed hope by saying, "I see a delay, but not the end of the road.”
Yesterday, former Supreme Court judge and Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju wrote a letter to Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and President Asif Ali Zardari to appeal again for clemency for Sarabjit.
In the letter, Katju said, "You must have heard that Ajmal Kasab has been hanged in India. I wish to respectfully point out to you that this case is totally different from that of Sarabjit Singh who has been on death row in Pakistan for 21 years. About Kasab, there is no doubt about his guilt as he was caught red handed. However, there is great doubt about the guilt of Sarabjit Singh. So, the two cases are not similar.”
First Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012, 19:22