Sarabjit to pay the price for Kasab's execution?
After the execution of Pakistani gunman, Ajmal Kasab, speculations are rife about the treatment to Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who is in Pakistani prison since two decades.
Although the two cases that of Ajmal Kasab and Sarabjit cannot be compared at all, yet it may give a stick to the radicals and extremists in Pakistan against a defensive government there, which rarely takes time to succumb to the radical pressure.
Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju has once again appealed to the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan to release Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who is on death row for over two decades.
"You must have heard that Ajmal Kasab has been hanged in India” Katju said.
Katju's appeal came on a day when 26/11 attack convict Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune following rejection of his mercy plea by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Katju said Sarabjit's name was not even in the FIR related to the Lahore bomb blast in 1990 for which he has been convicted. He said the main prosecution witness Shaukat Salim later retracted his statement and said it was given under police pressure.
Meanwhile, the family of Sarabjit Singh, who is on a death row in Pakistan, denied to give any comment on Kasab's execution. When contacted, Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur said, "We cannot comment on his execution."
Sarabjit's elder daughter Swapandeep Kaur chose to be silent and said that she does not want to say a single word over the issue.
On the other side, Noted journalist and author Kuldip Nayyar has said that said there is no doubt that Kasab should have been hanged but the good thing is that the he was hanged after following due course of law.
Nayyar stated that hanging of Kasab may put India's effort to release Sarabjeet Singh from Pakistan in dock, as sentiments for Kasab may have been built on the other side of the border.