India secretly hangs Pakistani accused of Mumbai attack

In Pakistan, many said the hanging happened quickly only because of his nationality.

India secretly hangs Pakistani accused of Mumbai attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

India secretly executed the lone survivor of Pakistani suspects on Wednesday, just days before the fourth anniversary of an attack that killed 166 people in a rampage through the financial capital Mumbai.

Pakistan national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was hanged amid great secrecy.

The Pakistan Taliban said they were shocked by the hanging.

"There is no doubt that it's very shocking news and a big loss that a Muslim has been hanged on Indian soil," Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told Reuters.

Kasab was buried inside the prison where he was hanged, officials said. India said it would hand over the body to Pakistan if a request was made.

It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004.

This year Saudi Arabia extradited an Indian-born suspect accused of being one of the masterminds of the Mumbai attacks. Police say Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari, also known as Abu Jindal, helped coordinate the attack from a "control room" in the Pakistani city of Karachi and also helped to train the gunmen.

In August, India's Supreme Court upheld Kasab's 2010 death sentence over the attacks on a string of targets. Nearly 60 people were gunned down in the train station alone. President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for clemency on Nov. 5, although this was not made public until Tuesday night.

Possibly because of the planned execution, India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to postpone a visit this week by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, saying the dates were "not suitable for us". Malik was due to put the final seal on a deal to ease visa restriction for travellers.

Kasab's execution happened very quickly for India's usually glacial justice system. Three people convicted of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are still on death row, 21 years after he was killed by a suicide bomb.

In Pakistan, many said the hanging happened quickly only because of his nationality. People questioned whether Kasab was really guilty, despite the video evidence.

"We have images of him but do we have any other evidence? Is that enough?," said Jehan Zulqarnain, a primary school teacher in Islamabad.

 

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