Salman Khurshid: India would have sought a longer jail term for Headley

The Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid on its fist reaction on David Headley’s sentencing said that India would have sought a longer jail term for 26/11 Mumbai attacks conspirator, had he been tried in India.

Though, the minister said he was satisfied with the prison term sentenced to him by the US.

In his interview, Salman Khurshid said, “If we would have tried him, we would have sought more. But the judge is bound by the structured system of justice delivery in the US. The judge has taken into account the maximum. It’s a beginning.”

Further, on the sharp issue of Headley’s extradition to India, Khurshid said while India has been pushing for it, he could not guess the matter and Indian government was having talks with the US.

He said, “it was good to know that given the circumstances.. he has been made accountable.”

Mr. Khurshid then blasted on Pakistan for not doing anything close to what wanted on the terror issue. The US court sentenced 35-years to David Coleman Headley on Thursday for the key role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

US District Judge Harry Leinenweber in imposing the sentence said, “I don’t have any faith in Mr Headley when he says he’s a changed person and believes in the American way of life.”

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