Am sure Pakistan will note verdict on Kasab: Krishna


Tehran : India Wednesday expressed the hope that Pakistan will take note of the Supreme Court verdict upholding the death penalty for 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist caught alive after the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai.

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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who is in Tehran for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meet, told reporters that the Supreme Court’s pronouncements are the law of the land.

His remarks came a day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the NAM summit in Tehran.

Noting that terrorism was a matter of concern for the world, Krishna said India and Pakistan would discuss bilateral relations — indicating that terrorism will on the agenda when Manmohan Singh and Zardari meet.

“The Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal in India. When it announces something, it becomes the law of the land. Other things will follow,” he said.

“I am sure Pakistan will not fail to take note of what has happened in the Supreme Court of India,” he said.

Krishna noted that Pakistan’s judiciary too was pro-active.

Manmohan Singh arrived in Tehran Tuesday for the NAM summit.

An Indian official had said that India’s message to Pakistan would be “enough of talk, act against terror; we have given you the evidence”.

“Terror can’t be solved by talks. Pakistan will have to work. We will have to work to make it impossible for terror to hit us,” the official said of the key issue likely to figure in the Manmohan-Zardari parleys expected Thursday.