India wants extradition of Kasab co-conspirators:S M Krishna

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New Delhi, May 6 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said that India would press for extradition of 26/11 prime accused Ajmal Amir Kasab's co-conspirators, who are based in Pakistan so that they also could be brought to justice.

"We will keep engaging Pakistan that in the light of this sentence and in the light of the investigations that has preceded in connection of these trials, a number of others who acted as co-conspirators will also have to be extradited and they should be brought to justice," Krishna said.

Krishna's comments came after a Mumbai Special Court sentenced Pakistani terrorist of 26/11 attacks Ajmal Amir Kasab to death.

Among the co-conspirators named in the case are Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafeez Saeed, against whom Pakistan is taking no action despite India providing evidence.

Krishna said the trial and sentence awarded to Kasab has sent out a message to Pakistan that justice will be meted out to anyone waging war against India.

"In the light of the findings of the trial judge and in the light of the offences that Kasab had committed, I think the judge has come to the most appropriate conclusion which could send a positive message that anyone who wants to wage a war against India is caught and after going through a fair trial, he will find that justice will be meted out," Krishna said.

He said the sentence was based on concrete evidence about Kasab's involvement in the carnage.

Earlier, in its verdict, the Court held that 20 of the wanted accused, including terror mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, were also involved in the conspiracy to wage war against India.

Twenty of the wanted accused were involved in hatching the conspiracy of the terror attack, Judge M L Tahaliyani said.

The prosecution had in its over 10,000-page charge sheet named 35 persons from Pakistan as wanted accused in the case.

Apart from Saeed, chief of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Lakhvi, the LeT's operations head, the 20 wanted accused who have been held responsible for the attack include other LeT operatives like Abu Hamza, Abu Kaahfa, Zarar Shah, and Abu al-Qama.

It also includes one 'Major General Saab', who, according to the prosecution, is a retired general of the Pakistani Army and was present during the training of the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai.

"The 20 wanted accused were involved in hatching the conspiracy and the preparations and training of the ten terrorists," the court said. (ANI)

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