Qasab Deserves Fair Trial
7 May 2009

With reference to the letter ‘Strange but true’ (KT, May 6) where the writer has advocated a swift trial and capital punishment for Qasab, it should be noted that capital punishment has been abolished by many countries (including UK and EU).

Even Pakistan has suspended it for the time being. Secondly, a swift trial would be a mockery of justice. Aimal Kansi’s trial by a US jury took six years after he was arrested and spirited out of Pakistan.

Qasab may definitely be guilty of the crimes he’s accused of, but he deserves a fair trial. Who knows, maybe his trial will reveal many facts not yet known to the public.

Shakir Lakhani
Khaleej Times