Mumbai attacks: India rebukes Pakistan on second anniversary

Islamabad condemns attacks, reiterates resolve to punish culprits.

Express November 27, 2010

India rebuked Pakistan for its failure to convict the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on Friday as the country marked the second anniversary of the carnage that claimed 166 lives.

“We will never succumb to the designs of our enemies,” said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a statement from New Delhi.

In an official diplomatic message to Pakistan’s embassy in New Delhi on Thursday, India accused Islamabad of stalling over the trial in Pakistan of seven suspects accused of plotting the attacks.

“In Pakistan, we have a neighbour who has not fulfilled its promise to bring the 26/11 masterminds to justice,” Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said, referring to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India blames for the attacks. “I sincerely hope that on the second anniversary of this horrific tragedy, Pakistan will realise its responsibility as a nation and fulfill its promises,” he added at a commemoration ceremony in Mumbai.

Speaking in Sri Lanka where he is on an official trip, Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna also stressed the need for Pakistan to tackle terror groups within its borders. “Once again I call upon Pakistan to dismantle the terror machine operating with impunity in territories under its control and to bring all the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to speedy justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi condemned the Mumbai attacks and reiterated his country’s resolve to bring the perpetrators of the tragedy to justice. “Pakistan is not supporting any [terrorist] outfit and we want to maintain peace and security in the region,” said Qureshi while speaking to the media on Friday in Multan. In this regard, Pakistan has shared information and various proposals with India, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2010.


Anoop | 11 years ago | Reply Its been 2 years and all I hear of is adjournments, though I dont even hear that anymore. I am sure all the terrorists who are currently in jail in Pakistan are leading a very comfortable life. I hope there is such a thing called Karma.
Bean | 11 years ago | Reply One thing is for sure... Pak very well knows who are responsible and will never ever punish those. Those it has arrested (just an eye wash) are living a comfortable life... Until Pak shows honesty in these issues it will never prospour
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