The case for killing Sarabjit Singh in retaliation for the killing of Kasab just got stronger as the PTI big guns roared.
“During a demonstration in Multan on Thursday, PTI leader Naeemullah Khan slammed the Pakistan government for taking so long to hang Sarabjit and lauded the Indian judiciary for taking less than four years to execute Kasab.”
I guess any conversation between India-Pak will carry the whiff of “false equivalence” from both sides. In this case the fact that Sarabjit is a Sikh muddies the water a bit more as seen below.
In the mean-time a Sikh Jatha is visiting Pakistan. Things can become tense because the Taliban/LET have threatened retribution for “killing of a muslim on Indian soil.” (Kasab killed a lot of muslims on Indian soil as well, no?)
A 3000-strong Sikh jatha would leave for Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 25. The jatha would visit Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore, Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasanabdal and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib before returning on December 4.
Chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board Sayed Asif Hashmi “As the chairman, ETPB, it is my duty to provide security to each and every devotee visiting Pakistan. Right from entry of pilgrims in Pakistan till their return they would be covered under several layers of security.”
In the meantime some wise words from the Press (english language) in Pakistan.
The Express Tribune, “We must show the world that as a country, we are genuinely-committed to fighting terrorism,” and called for speedy trial of the 26/11 accused in Pakistan. “The obvious foot-dragging is damaging. It raises questions about who we are protecting and why. In this regard, at the top of the list of those accused by the Indian government for the Mumbai attacks, is the leader of the Jamaat ud Dawa, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a man who is wanted in both India and the US.”
The Dawn said Kasab’s execution “revived the memory of a senseless but well-planned act of mass murder” and questioned how its planning went unnoticed in Pakistan. It noted that Islamabad has distanced itself from “the work of a few fanatic killers”. Also that it “doesn’t serve to hide the shortcomings in the working of Pakistan’s anti-terrorism apparatus and its inability to keep tabs on organizations — not necessarily banned — which manage to amass enough resources to run clandestine cells that undertake fiendish operations of such magnitude.”
Who truly represents the people of Pakistan, the (EL) Press or the PTI? We will have to wait till the elections to find out.