More than 200 people wanted Ajmal Kasab pardoned
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In his letter, Chaudhry had written, "We believe that it is wrong and immoral to kill a human being by way of revenge or punishment. Executing Kasab in the name of the Indian people will only feed a base blood lust that will make our society more blood-thirsty, vengeful and violent."
The letter urged the President to waive the capital punishment and retain Kasab in prison for the rest of his life. "….keeping Kasab in jail for the rest of his life and treating him like a human being allows for the possibility of him regaining his humanity, repenting his crime and atoning for the harm he has caused. That would indeed be a big victory in our battle against terrorism," the letter read.
It also said that the execution of Kasab would not contribute to the safety or well-being of the Indian people in anyway.
"In the land of Buddha, Mahavira and Gandhiji, let it not be said that there is no place left in our hearts for mercy or that the national conscience can only be satisfied by the killing of Kasab," the letter concluded.