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Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the owner & administrator of Pakistan's largest & most famous EOU is set free by the Islamabad High Court. Dr. Khan, the poor metallurgist unfairly blamed for transfer of some atoms to Iran, North Korea & Libya, and thus Pakistan's nuclear proliferation record has been mentioned several times here.
Reports suggest that Pakistan will file cases against Pakistanis involved in the attacks in Mumbai. If this is true, will India allow Mohammad Ajmal Amir Iman (aka Qasab/Kasab/whatever) to be trialled (& jailed) in Pakistan?
Wouldn't that be a great opportunity for him to be bumped off? Ok, even if he doesn't actually get killed, they could just say "He escaped", just like Masood Azhar?
I see something developing here - Pakistan, a country that wants the UN to help investigate Benazir Bhutto's assassination and which has absolutely no control over Balochistan, Swat & FATA (accounting for 47% of the country's land area), reckons that it actually has a judicial & legal system in place to try a terror attack in another country. Someone help me understand this!
A moronic member of the USA Congress gives another great option - the International Court of Justice.
I have always had hatred for Narendra Modi, but I don't see why him questioning whether it was possible for the attacks to be conducted at that scale & precision without local support implies he is weakening India's stand. It is very highly likely there was local involvement. The arrests of those responsible for the blasts in Bangalore last July indicate that there are enough folks potentially unconnected with Pakistan who're involved in terror attacks in India. Yet, does that allow Pakistan to get away with murder? Of course not, because the attacks were planned by Pakistan, the attackers were Pakistani and the attackers were backed by Pakistan.
Now that India is sure to rebuff attempts by Pakistan to get "Qasab" over there, Pakistan will just shrug and say: "Hey, we're more than helping out. India isn't responding!". That increases pressure on India to agree to either Pakistani or neutral jurisdiction.
This will coincide with election time in India and the focus will be lost. Regardless of whether a new dispensation takes charge, things'll basically have to start afresh. By then, the USA would be more than happy to buy Pakistan's line that resolving Kashmir would result in a Yaadon ki baarat like re-union for the estranged siblings - India & Pakistan.
As for Dr. Khan, I'm sure he'll have a great future making after-dinner speeches on entrepreneurship.
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