March 3, 2006Foreign Affairs

Rewarding success, punishing failure

Irony of incentive

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Atanu Dey points to B Raman’s open letter to President Bush highlighting one more instance of Gen Musharraf’s duplicity. Failed murderers have been punished with death. Successful ones enjoy state hospitality.

  1. Mr. President, you remember the two attempts to kill your buddy in December 2003, at Rawalpindi? Well, the guilty in those incidents have already been got tried by Musharraf, their appeals against their conviction got disposed of and those sentenced to death sent to the gallows. For your buddy, the law did not pose any difficulty in sending them to death for trying to kill him.
  1. The same law, according to your buddy, has been standing in the way of the killers of Daniel Pearl being sent to the gallows. Do you know how many times the hearing in the appeal against the conviction filed by Omar Sheikh has been got adjourned by the appellate court? Forty-one times—under some flimsy pretext or the other.

  2. It was adjourned for the forty-first time right on the eve of your visit to Pakistan. On February 27, 2006, the Sindh High Court adjourned the hearing once again on the ground that Omar Sheikh has sacked his defence lawyer and that the killer must be given time to find and engage another lawyer. [SAAG]

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