‘Riddance from evil’, ‘a milestone’: India’s Urdu press is all praise

Ajmal Kasab's hanging has been received with a sense of relief, almost elation, by several Urdu dailies across the country.

The response is in sharp contrast to what happened just after the Mumbai attacks, when the death of Hemant Karkare had become a subject of controversy in the Urdu press, something that also found reflection in then minorities minister A R Antulay's a controversial position in the Lok Sabha.

Hyderabad-based Munsif, in its editorial, lauds the way the matter was handled by the authorities from his capture till his hanging, and says the Indian judicial system has been fully "transparent" and considered all aspects of law to ensure justice. Kasab, it says, was given "all support to defend himself and all points were examined carefully before bringing this situation to its logical end".

Rashtriya Sahara has splashed the news on its front page and has a quick editorial describing it as riddance from a "great evil". "Political parties, especially the BJP and the Shiv Sena, were continuously using it for political gains... Kasab was a headache for common citizens, particularly the people of Mumbai... Kasab's presence was a big roadblock on the path to India-Pakistan relations. All that has ended now," it says.

Multi-edition Inquilab also has an editorial and lauds the "swiftness and confidentiality" with which Kasab was hanged. "If it were not done quickly, the process of bringing this cruel killer to justice could have got prolonged. There had already been much delay in this action. The hanging of Kasab is an important milestone in India's war against terror. It also establishes that we cannot pardon any person or group involved in a conspiracy against our beloved country," it says. About Pakistan, it says, "Till action is taken against terrorists present there, the government of Pakistan would be termed criminal".

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