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Aimal Kansi's Execution

14 November, 2002

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On 25 January 1993, Mir Aimal Kansi , a Pakistani living in the US since 1991, stood waiting near the gate of the CIA's 258 acre headquarters in Langley. He was looking for two CIA agents and obviously knew his men. He spotted the car carrying the targets and went to it when it halted at the stop light on Dolly Madison Boulevard, barely 500 yards from the main gate. He pulled out a AK-47 assault rifle and shot the men inside, spared a woman passenger and sped away. His victims were Lansing C. Bennet, who was described in a Washington Post story as a "physician and intelligence analyst for the CIA", and Frank Darling, who was "assigned to tasks involving covert operations. Three others inside were ermanently injured, also identified as CIA agents. The next day Ansi was reported to have fled to Pakistan from the National Airport. His whereabouts were not known for years and the FBI did not got any information on him despite offering the largest reward ever - US $ 2 million - for any information leading to his arrest.

Who was Kansi and why did he kill the two CIA operatives? The answers are still not clear. Some have suggested that he was an Iranian agent; others say he was a CIA operative betrayed by the men who later became his victims. The big question is how he got into the US and how he got out despite a full alert. His Pakistani passport had expired in March 1992 and according to Pakistani officials had not been renewed. What did he travel on? Aimal Kansi's life in the US also had its mysterious aspects. On arrival in March 1991 - on a business visa - he sought asylum, claiming that he was persecuted in Pakistan for supporting the Balochi separatist cause. Not only did he get permission to stay but also got a job with Excel Courier Inc. on a salary of $700 a week, an unusual windfall for one with limited qualification. The company is owned by Chris Marchetti, son of Victor Marchetti, a former CIA official who had once been an aide to its Director, Richard Helms. The Kansi family lives in Quetta, a city from where the CIA had engaged in covert operations during the Afghan war years. Apart from anything else, the Kansi case suggests that there is a network within the US capable of helping men like Kansi to flee justice after committing a heinous crime.

Fugitive at Large

Kansi is reported to have flown to Karachi from Washington D.C., and from there to his home town, Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan Province in Pakistan. In Quetta, he went home, had a meal with his family, and subsequently disappeared without an apparent trace. From time to time he was reported to have been spotted but nobody could get a fix on him. In 1994 January, a Pakistani correspondent claimed that he had met Kansi in Sehwan in Sindh. The correspondent, who happened to be in Sehwan for a visit, saw a clean-shaven, fair and tall person and said he recognised him immediately as Aimal Kansi. Pictures of Kansi have appeared on wanted posters all over the world. Between puffs of hashish, the person said that he was in the transport business in Karachi; but refused to give his residential address in that city. Kansi was apparaently very impressed by the quality of the hashish available in Sehwan. After this chance encounter Kansi disappeared from the hotel and was never seen again.

The Arrest

According to the Washington Post, "Government officials said U.S. investigators, working with Pakistani military and intelligence officials, launched at least one operation to lure Kansi across the mountain passes from Afghanistan into a trap. In the end, judging from the FBI's and CIA's statement saying that "Afghan individuals" had delivered up Kansi, it appeared on Tuesday night that word of a rich reward for Kansi's capture had reached a tribal leader in Afghanistan.

"Federal investigators have said in interviews over the last three years that they still do not know the source of the rage against the United States. They said it might have to do with the death of his father, or his uncle -- a Pakistani government official killed in an 1984 ambush in Quetta -- or a friend who had fought with the CIA-backed rebels in Afghanistan. But they noted that Kansi is a member of the Pathan tribe, which flourishes on both sides of the Kyhber Pass linking Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that an old Pathan saying states that 100 years is too short a time to wait for revenge."

Do you think his execution could be justified ?

Reader Comments:

I think it goes on to show that there is a serious rift between the west and muslim world . I think absolute arrogance and brute force being used sometimes can make a person loose hope and that is when such henious crimes are commited . The superpowers should use wisdom in making peace prevail. Imagine growing in a society with no hope or future .

Jinny, Slovenia - 19 November, 2002

He was a brave pushtoon and he had no regrets on what he did, weither he took the revenge of his father or friend, but he explained his position that he did against the American policy. I think it's about time US Govt should revise their foreign policy.

Dr. Ihsan-Ullah, Iran, Islamic Republic Of - 19 November, 2002

"Terming the execution of Aimal Kasi as ' Shahadat' central leader Mutehida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Maulana Fazal ur Rehman Monday urged the people for an active participation in the funeral ceremony. "

This man needs a serious vacation in Guantanomo Bay! Oh God have mercy on this nation. They know not what they do!
May God have mercy in case he becomes the PM.

Shahryar, Canada - 20 November, 2002

America is the biggest terrorist of this world. They have plan to vanish all muslims from this world. A nation that has no social values , no proper family setup, minds with full vulgarity,
and a state that has highest crime rate. Why so emotional about the killing of two CIA people ? Has American Govt. decided the deaths of every murderer in America? This only exhibits their anti-Muslim policies. But they dont know that Allah is on the back of Islam. They will inshaAllah vanish from this world. Islam will remain forever. We have negative feelings against America and all non-Muslims who are still living in old Christian age. They dont have any thing for their religion, but only anti-Muslim feelings.

Humera, Pakistan - 20 November, 2002

He killed two people in cold blood. He should have been shot rather than legal injection. He was murderer. Shame for the people who voice support for his action.


sami, United Kingdom - 20 November, 2002

Interesting observation to be noted that at his funeral there were thousands. Yet when he was in jail, no one cared. Another point to note that at his trial he was offered a low paid public defender as his attorney. No one in Pakistan bothered to collect a donation to provide him a first class attorney. No one bothered nor cared. Now after his death they are crying as if a national hero was put away. These Pakistanis sure are a theatrical lot.

Fayaz, United Kingdom - 21 November, 2002

I personally think that America is the biggest and most viscious country to have ever existed on the planet. They have the blood of 800,000 Iraqi babies on their hands, they have further increased military aid to Israel by $2.5 Billion for the complete and systematic inhilation of the muslim palestinians, they have never ever denounced India for the on going killings in Kashmir. They have killed innocent somali muslims for reasons best known to them ,they have killed and sprayed the people of Vietnam with poisinous gasses and to this date children with severe physical defects are born. So who is the real terrorist ?

Faheem Baber, Canada - 23 November, 2002

I think USA 's policy is clearly against muslim world.It is because of strong active Jewish lobby in USA. What I realized is that, America is just a strong puppet of the game in the hand of jews. In case of Amil Kansi as muslim I felt huge sorrow but, I think it is an islamic law that if you kill someone you should be punished to death, and that is what Americans did.

Wawa, Pakistan - 29 November, 2002

Yes he deserves to die. Eye for an eye, is it not legal in Islam; that is, for theft the religion seeks amputation etc. Don't you guys have double standards ?

Sampath, United Kingdom - 29 November, 2002

What he did was out of a personal vendetta. Was it not originally an issue of not being paid by the CIA.

He shot people who had nothing to do with whatever injustice had been done to him - that's murder.

We just belittle ourselves by glorifying his deeds. Instead of being part of the solution we are part of the problem, which incidentally may not be because of a literacy concern but because in the guise of religion we have ignored the basics - like "reason".

Atif Khan, Pakistan - 14 January, 2003

Yes, definitely he deserved to die. The more people like him that we can get rid of, the better this world will be.

Maria, Mexico - 14 January, 2003

Mr. Kansi would be treated the same, no matter what religion he was or what country he is from, we must keep this in mind when we view this story, it is not an "east vs west" or "muslim vs christianity" thing, it is "the law of the land. US policy regarding other countries should not even be mentioned in this disscussion. If I were to travel to a Muslim country and break the law, I would expect to be treated as all others who break the law, regarless of my faith.

F Drader, Canada - 24 January, 2003


Whatever Kansi did was illegal. We should not make distinction amongst the human beings. A humain being is a humain being either black or white, American or a Pakistani.

Arshad, Belarus - 25 January, 2003

to Humera

Its too sad when we think that we are the best. On the contrary, we are the worst who kill our women in the name of Islam and that is called honor-killing. I feel same for myself as being humain being and that is happening in our dear muslim world and tell me what has been given from our muslim world for human cause?

Arshad, Belarus - 25 January, 2003

animal kansi

He merited electric chair if any. This guy is no aimal kansi. He was a animal kansi.

Due to these people's demeanor, other people of pakistani origin are suffering as i write this post. Terrorism is synonymous with Islam, thanks to these animals.

Keshto, Peru - 25 January, 2003


What late kansi did was wrong, but when the Government handed him over was not the correct approach.He could have been tried under the tribal law or PPC and not handed back.

Khalid Rahim, Canada - 26 January, 2003


It is a shame that our leaders chose to recognise a covicted killer as a hero.

Jaleel Rahman, Pakistan - 26 January, 2003

A convicted criminal cannot be declared as "hero", unforunately our nation has got wrong criteria's for "hero" e.g. Saddam Hussain in 1991.Islam is a religion of justice and it should prevail.

S.M.N.Imtiaz, Pakistan - 04 February, 2003

I respect n salute qansi that atleast he gave his contribution and i pray to Allah to give us some more qansi who can fight for muslims who are being killed in burma syria southafrica n ghaza.... he killed just two ov those enemies who are now a days supporting to kill muslimz.... and i pray may Allah help my muslim brothers sisters n children who are fighting for Islam

hareem, Pakistan - 11 July, 2014

I really pray that some one should step up for muslim killing in burma ghaza n all over the world... even if jewish children or chirstian womens or even of any other nation or religion is being killed this way i would have feel the same pain... just think for a second u cant see ur mother father son or daughter being killed infront of ur eyes then why dont we stand up and take actions for the humans being slaughtered worstly in all over the world... Please think ov it i really feel pain for them and this is the feeling which leads me to think ov helping those poor people wish i could stop jewish killing muslims wish i could stop in burma wish i could help in south africa wish i could help in ghaza... i m ashamed ov my self that i cant protect those babies getting orphan i cant help those sisters becoming widows i cant help those mothers losting their babies.... if u could get a chance you will also think about being Qansi....

hareem, Pakistan - 11 July, 2014

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