Mr. Ajmal Kasab, the sole accused of Mumbai Terror Attacks, as dubbed by India's media as their 09/11, will be facing a verdict towards the end of this month. It is a forgone conclusion, what would be awarded to him. Perhaps the harshest and well deserved punishment as allowed by the Indian Constitution and the governing laws of the jurisdiction.
A few years ago, when Mr. Kasab and his accomplices, terrorised the glitzy city of Mumbai for several days, it just took the entire world, by utter surprise. The non stop shooting rampage and murder and mayhem created by these despicable characters, reversed the course of the ongoing pleasant dialogue between the two arch rivals.
The condemnation from our side was slow and muted. We went on the usual "dis owning strategy" and demanded proof from the Indian Government, asking if these were actually Pakistani people. The British media's investigative reporting nailed the accused as being a Pakistani and the local media followed the trail.
Needless to say, it was quite a wasted diplomatic effort and above all some global embarrassment to swallow. Then there were the usual conspiracy theorist, who vehemently called it an "inside job", much like the infamous 09/11. There arguments was, all this was done by India to malign Pakistan.
The evidence which the world saw on TV screens was to the contrary. That group will never be satisfied, no matter how irrefutable and undeniable the evidence is. It is their false pride and ego, which play as major impediments towards accepting some really harsh realities.
Arguably, there are some questions which are mind boggling about the precision of these ruthless killers, but the bigger question which supersede everything is, what has been done to avoid such a heinous episode to replay itself in the future? Pakistan's operations against such nefarious characters have at least slowed down. The likes of Mr. Kasab are wreaking havoc in the cities within Pakistan, with almost impunity.
The relations with the erstwhile neighbour are sour and every move made by Pakistan to bring the two parties, back to the table, meets with a rather tepid response. So in the wake of the upcoming and expected verdict, there will be some senseless characters within Pakistan, glorifying the accused. To them all one can say is to have some shame and avoid mocking the basic tenets of our faith. To the Indians, general Pakistani populace is not represented by Kasabs and Qadris. If in doubt, just cross the border and see it for yourself.