Pakistani terrorist and the lone survivor of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Ajmal Kasab, has finally been convicted of the charges held against him.
On 9 Pakistani terrorists attacked strategic locations in Mumbai and killed 166. Ajmal Kasab was the only one captured live. Special anti-terror court began his prosecution some 19 months ago and came out with the verdict today. But while Kasab has been held guilty of the attacks, the special anti-terror court judge M L Tahaliyani shocked everyone by acquitting the two Indian conspirators, Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin of all the charges. This news overshadowed the conviction of primary accused Kasab, as this clearly means that the special prosecutor Ujawal Nikam as well as the Mumbai Police messed up the case big time. Other 20 conspirators, who are still not in the hands of Indian police, and includes the likes of including Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder Hafiz Saeed, operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Abu Hamza, have been confirmed to be involved in 26/11 conspiracy.
Indian media went crazy after the verdict, calling it historic, and a win for justice. But, is it really something historic? A guy who plays his part in the killing of 166 people in cold blood, with video as well as human proof confirming his involvement, still gets to enjoy 19 months of comfort in a specially made jail room. In these 19 months, he toiled with the prosecution as he wanted, sometime saying he was a juvenile, sometimes requesting for prosecution to be held in Urdu, and even having the guts to ask for chicken as jail food.
Even now, when the judgment has come out, we all know the next course of action. Even if he is given a death sentence, which seems to be very likely, Ajmal will surely appeal against it in the higher courts. If the higher courts upheld the verdict too, he will appeal to the President for mercy. The Govt, in order to please a special section of people, as it has been doing till date, will then put the mercy petition under consideration for years. So, if you expect to see Kasab hanged in the next few months, you will be disappointed.