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India seeks extradition of Kasab's co-conspirators

May 06, 2010 15:51 IST

In the wake of the sentencing of Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 terror attacks, India on Thursday pressed for the extradition of his co-conspirators based in Pakistan, so that they could be brought to justice in New Delhi.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said the trial and sentence awarded to Kasab sends a message to Pakistan that justice will be meted out to anyone waging war against this country.

"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," he told reporters while commenting on the sentencing of Kasab.

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

Asked whether India will seek the extradition of other accused who are based in Pakistan, he said, "Certainly 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."

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

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