In an editorial of Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna' Thackeray said, "Accepting Kasab's brief is like being the devil's advocate and is against the tenets of Islam. We call such Islam a national religion and salute it."
"If all Muslims behave and live in this manner, no quarrel remains," he said, commenting on the Gymkhana's decision to terminate Kazmi's appointment as a trustee for "agreeing to defend the most dreaded terrorist".
He criticised Kasav for asking permission to move around in jail for a breath of fresh air. "Those killed by Kasab also wanted to inhale fresh air. The people he killed were Hindus and poor Muslims. Islam Gymkhana has set an ideal and has displayed nationalism," he said.