gfiles magazine

December 19, 2012

Jashn-e-execution the way
Did Pakistani High Commissioner Salman Bashir deliberately choose November 26 to host a party for the Indian media or was it an inadvertent slip up that was later corrected. November 26 is a day that the Indian public, Government and media are not likely to forget in a hurry. Four years ago, terror and mayhem ruled Mumbai when 10 Pakistani terrorists landed in the city and struck at various locations, including some five-star hotels. The wounds of 26/11 are yet to heal with many of its perpetrators yet to be punished, so when the Pakistan High Commissioner decided to host a dinner that day there was surprise and disquiet. But the date was quickly changed and a new date agreed upon after the significance of the first date was brought to the notice of the High Commissioner. Surprisingly, the dinner invites were sent just days after Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the carnage, was hanged before the fourth anniversary of 26/11. This makes it even more difficult to believe that while the entire country was reliving the trauma of four years ago, the Pakistan High Commission slipped up on the date. Or was it a genuine mistake? 

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