AMRITSAR: The Pakistani citizens travelling on Samjhauta Express train, running thrice a week between two countries, gave a mix response to the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. While most of them stated that he deserved the death for the act of violence that he along with other terrorists enacted against India in Mumbai in 2008, there were some who were mum though in the heart of heart they also felt that the violence has no place in the modern world and no religion propagate the bloodshed against the innocents.
Mohammad Zafar, a pak national who was in India to meet his relatives in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh said the Indian government has taken a right decision. "I welcome the hanging of Kasab. Rather I am shameful that he belongs to our country. The way they created havoc killing innocents he deserved to be stoned and shot dead in the public eyes,’’ said he adding that the common people in Pakistan had no sympathy for such people.
Asked why such people thrive in Pakistan, Zafar said there was so much poverty that the youth often gets spoiled and fall into the hands of fundamentalists whose surviving tactics is to bash India . There are fundamentalist forces who lure such immature, young persons living in poverty to act as messengers of bloodshed. This is unfortunate but it is true,’’ he said. Another Pak national, requesting anonymity, who was returning home from Attari on Samjhauta said when the Mumbai was attacked the common people in Pakistan felt bad and was fearing if the originator of the attack were from Pakistan.
"This worry came true and the terrorists turned out to be from Pakistan. It was shameful no doubt. On the one hand we are seeking good ties with India and on the other hand there are people like him (Kasab) who for some money are making the innocents their victims,’’ said he. Shafique, another traveller said that terrorism must be condemned in any form. "These people (terrorists) have no religion and neither they are believers in the humanity. It is the right decision taken by the Indian government to hang him (Kasab). He deserve no sympathy for the act he had undertaken’’, said Shafique, a resident of Lahore in Pakistan.
Inzamaan, a Pak national, traveling on Delhi-Lahore bus also echoed the similar views and said what India would do if some 'mad people' arrive in its one of the most thriving city and target the India and foreigners. "Pakistan need to understand that the terrorists hiding or getting training at its soil will turn against their own country one day. They are doing no good to Pakistan but bringing bad name to it throughout the world. Our government must take effective measures to stop Pakistan from becoming hub of the terrorism,’’ he said.
His fellow traveller however felt that India should not have secretly hanged Kasab and he was no sure of the trial he was facing was really true. "See if they (terrorists) had done wrong they would be punished in the court of God. No one has the right to take another person’s life, not even the Indian government,’’ he said further stating that India and Pakistan should work together to built better relationship so that no one could think of resorting to such act of violence.