India has demanded that all perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks need to be brought to justice expeditiously.
It maybe recalled that ten gunmen from Pakistan arrived in Mumbai via sea route on November 26, 2008 and started firing indiscriminately at a busy railway station, a Jewish settlement, a popular café and two luxury hotels.
Several innocents were held hostage over the next three days and at least 166 people were killed before Indian commandos smoked out the terrorists on November 28, 2008.
According to recent reports, Pakistan-Canadian terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana told a US court under oath that he had provided material support for the 26/11 attacks “at the behest of the Pakistani Government and the ISI”, and not the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
‘It is our expectation that all those responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attack will be brought to justice expeditiously. This position is shared by the international community at large, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed during this horrific attack,’ External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said in response to a question regarding the purported plea taken by Rana in a US Court.
Meanwhile, the Government of India has embarked on a dialogue process with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations, noted the spokesman.
‘This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai terrorist attack,’ Prakash said.
‘This issue figured prominently in the recently concluded Home Secretary-level talks as also in various recent interactions with the Government of Pakistan. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard,’ he added. Agencies