After eleven years of September 11, 2001 terror attacks on Twin Towers in the United States, the terror kingpin Khalid Sheikh Mohammed among five others has been charged for planning and executing the attacks. Around 2,976 innocent people were killed in the attacks while hundreds others received critical injuries. The whole world was shocked over such a large scale terror attacks on the soil of the United States and demanded action against culprits. The US department of defense has charged the accused for their alleged involvement in the attacks.
If charges are proved against the accused for planning and executing the terror attacks, they face death penalty for the crime. Besides Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, other accused are identified as Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi. All these are high profile terrorists who have been involved in many terror activities in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan besides planning and executing attacks on the United States.
The charge sheet presented to the military commission says that all the five accused are charged with terrorism, murder, conspiracy, attacking civilians, hijacking aircrafts and destruction of property. The US department of defense claimed in a press release issued to media persons that all the accused are provided with highly learned and professional lawyers to defend them in the court of law. These learned lawyers will definitely plead for the accused and try to save them from the death penalty. However, it is yet to be seen how the things turn out in the coming days and weeks.
Terrorists and militants linked to al-Qaeda may resort to violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan for charging Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for the 9/11 terror attacks. The militant outfits can also encourage suicide bombings against the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan to put pressure on the US demanding release of the terror kingpin. However, these outfits have yet not given any reaction over the development.
Shortly after the terror attacks, spying agencies of the US including Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) started working to trace culprits behind the deadly strikes. After around two years of hard struggle of these spying agencies, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was arrested on March 1, 2003 near the capital of Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan has long been a safe haven for high profile terrorists and many still believe that a number of terrorist outfits operating in lawless region of Pakistan and in Afghanistan are funded by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) – the premier intelligence agency of Pakistan.
If proved guilty, the culprits should be handed down exemplary punishment to avoid recurrence of such horrible incidents. Obama administration should also press Pakistan to launch a crackdown against militants based in tribal region of the country bordering Afghanistan.