India informed Pakistan about Kasab Hanging: FO

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said Wednesday that India’s Vice Commissioner had informed Pakistan about Kasab’s hanging, Yem News reported.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan said that “the Indian deputy high commissioner informed us about the execution” of Kasab. He told that Kasab’s family has not yet contacted to claim his dead body, however, Indian authorities can be contacted on the family’s request.

“Pakistan’s stance is very clear. Pakistan condemns all forms of terrorism,” he added. “Pakistan is cooperating with the international community.”

India’s government said it informed Islamabad in advance of the decision to hang Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but their counterparts refused to accept the letter.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters in New Delhi he had even ended up sending a fax to Islamabad after the letter was rebuffed. Other officials said a similar message had been couriered to Kasab’s family.

“The external affairs ministry gave the letter to Pakistan but Pakistan did not accept it. Then we faxed the letter,” Shinde said.

The 25-year-old Kasab, from the village of Faridkot in the Punjab region, was hanged at Yerwada jail in the Indian city of Pune after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his pleas for mercy earlier this month.

India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the government had followed diplomatic protocol by informing Pakistan in advance about the execution.

“We attempted to convey to the Pakistan foreign office that this decision had been taken and the execution will be done this morning,” Khurshid said.

“Since those missives were not accepted by the foreign office, by fax we indicated the information to them.”

Prithviraj Chavan, the local state chief minister, said Kasab had been buried inside Yerwada jail while Indian Home Secretary R. K. Singh said his family had been kept informed.

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