NEW DELHI: Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said that despite many attempts made by the government to get in touch with Pakistan over the execution of 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab, India did not get any positive response. "We attempted to convey to Pakistan about the decision taken on Kasab. We tried to inform Pakistan Foreign Ministry through fax on the decision taken but it wasn't recognised," Khurshid said.
The Union Minister insisted that the hanging of Kasab was according to the Indian laws. "All legal options for an accused were made available to Kasab. All are equal before the law," he said. Khurshid said that it was well-established that Kasab was a Pakistan national and the Indian government did whatever it could under the rule of law. "If Pakistan or the family of Kasab came forward to claim his body, we will think what can be done. However, till now there has not been any such move by them," he said.
Khurshid also expressed hope that the way India allowed rule of law to prevail in the country, Pakistan would do the same. He, however, added that he did not know what position Pakistan would take on the issue.