Press Release, January 9, 2009
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan regrets that one of the perpetrators of Mumbai carnage is confirmed as a Pakistani, but commends the government of Pakistan of facing this unpleasant reality. Denial would only have eroded credibility of the government and soured relationships between the two countries possibly leading to war. At the same time, the HRCP urges the government of Pakistan to extend counselor access to Ajmal Kasab and to arrange proper legal defense to him. It is the right of every individual to have counselor access and to have proper legal assistance, regardless of the accusation against the detained person. HRCP will contact human rights organizations in India to ensure that Ajmal Kasab has legal defense as well as a fair and transparent trial.