Mumbai attacks: India, US urge Pakistan to bring perpetrators to justice

Published: September 23, 2015
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John Kerry. PHOTO: FILE

John Kerry. PHOTO: FILE

India and the US have urged Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, while reiterating the threat posed by al Qaeda, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani network, Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

The 2008 militant assault on India’s financial capital Mumbai had killed 166 people and injured 293 others.

In a joint statement issued after the conclusion of the first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue at the State Department in Washington, the two countries reiterated “the threat posed by al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, D-Company and Haqqani network and other regional groups that seek to undermine stability in South Asia”.

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They also condemned “the July 27, 2015 terrorist attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab and August 5, 2015 attack in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir”. India blames Pakistan-based terrorists for both the attacks.

“This demonstrates the fact that we are determined to fight terrorism together,” Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in response to a question at an address she made jointly with Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of State John Kerry and his cabinet colleague, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

India and the US are discussing some of the most complicated issues of the day, said Kerry as he and Swaraj led their high-level delegations for the dialogue.

The two countries also reaffirmed “joint commitment to a stable and sovereign Afghanistan and identify next steps”, said Kerry at the news briefing.

Moreover, the US has reiterated its support for India’s membership of the four major multilateral export control regimes including the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation.

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Economic ties

The senior US and Indian officials’ meeting in Washington did not single out Beijing by name, but China loomed over the talks as the United States prepares to host India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the heels of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Gul
    Sep 23, 2015 - 8:42AM

    Whether we like it or not, the international community is going to pay more attention to this than our screams about Kashmir. Our bad notoriety is hard earned over the past 2 decades.Recommend

  • abreez
    Sep 23, 2015 - 8:46AM

    So, America want to start a new game, where they not only hurt American interests in Pakistan but American lovers like ET will find places to hide their- selves.Recommend

  • A
    Sep 23, 2015 - 8:57AM

    Mr Kerry only if you were wise enough and caring. It’s all a facade, who are you fooling?
    What about Indias human right violations in Kashmir? What about Gujrat murders? What about the instigation in pk from Afghanistan?
    Why are you turning a blind eye on these issues?Recommend

  • Me
    Sep 23, 2015 - 9:15AM

    Wow what a timing…..When Pakistan is pressing the case for Indian / RAW involvement in terror activities within Country, America the Indian Savour is asking Pakistan about Mumbai Attacks…???Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Sep 23, 2015 - 9:51AM

    Lol! What a cheap tactic. US used to be a lot more smarter than this. Friendship with India is taking its toll.Recommend

  • SR
    Sep 23, 2015 - 9:53AM

    It is getting more and more difficult for India and USA to digest CPECRecommend

  • ABK Ind
    Sep 23, 2015 - 10:22AM

    @A:
    Dear Friend internal riots are different from state sponsored terrorism!!
    The entire history of Ajmal kasab & how it was planned has already been acknowledged by your very own officers,
    As far as Kashmir is concerned last time the elections were held more than 70% people voted in the elections in spite of the separatists who called for an open ban.Recommend

  • Mohammad Azam Bhatti
    Sep 23, 2015 - 10:27AM

    As I remember before 9/11 there was a thinking to announce Israel a terrorist country in UNO General Assembly. America was not willing and threatened to veto this.Recommend

  • Kingring
    Sep 23, 2015 - 10:47AM

    @ Nadeem US and India is far smarter than Pakistan, that’s why they ditch you on your face and joined India. India diplomatically isolated pakistan on all world forum. For world kashmir issue is settled and it will be with India and you guys are still stuck in Past.

    I hope this will clear who is more smart.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:00AM

    Lack of intellectual capacity among the decision makers in Pakistan has brought the country to the brink and left it friendless. The world can understand the reluctance to prosecute the perpetrators since the masterminds would also stand exposed. India has effectively rubbished the claims of Pakistan being a victim of terrorism as bogus, the violence unleashed by the same forces in Afghanistan testimony that nothing has changed and nothing will. To escape responsibility and accountability for the blowback unleashed by terror proxies Pakistan has started claiming that its proteges are now foreign agents. Wonder how long the public can be fooled by these claims. The elites in Power will continue the same policies which gives them power and wealth while the sufferers remain the ordinary citizen.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:27AM

    Now Pakistan joins the rank of North Korea whose only savior is the Iron Brother.Recommend

  • Zain
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:57AM

    @ ABK Ind

    No Pakistani officers ever admitted who Ajmal was. If you claim this, plz show where this has been published.Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2015 - 11:58AM

    @Gul: We do not mind Pakistan’s screaming for whatever they think is reasonable, sensible and practical. What is deafening is when Pakistan closes its eyes and keep screaming like a child “Give me what I want ….. Do what I want….. I do not care…… give me what I want.” Sad to see that this is what is happening from so many years. The world is tired of this child like whining of Give me total Kashmir …… Give me Afghanistan….. I want strategic depth…… and if not I will keep kicking around and make all of you bleed. Recommend

  • hari
    Sep 23, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Be our friend, we will help you grow with us. Stand against us, we will bring our considerable international diplomatic power to bear upon you to strangulate you which ever way possible. It is as simple as that. Chanakya neeti will be dealt to you. I am sad for my sister’s and brothers in Pakistan that they got such bigoted leadership which is subservient to a terrorist military which now and then usurps people’s powers to keep you in the dark world.Recommend

  • Parvez Iqbal
    Sep 23, 2015 - 12:05PM

    Dumbo Kerry. I am going to suggest something anatomical impossible, but you should try. GO F YOUSELF! There is something called historical and empirical evidence. If you do not know
    other than the piece of paper you are reading from ask your staff to find for you Nehru;s promise to Kashmiris, UN Report headed by Madeleine dad.Just go to Kashmir and ask the Kashmiris themselves. Recommend

  • vikram
    Sep 23, 2015 - 12:39PM

    to all fellow Indians…you are jumping with joy….okay..its your right,…..but why on pakistani newspapers…I can never understand…its just like someone celebrating own marriage in neighbors courtyard….Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2015 - 12:42PM

    @Feroz:
    Sorry Feroz I do not agree when you say “Lack of intellectual capacity among the decision makers in Pakistan has brought the country to the brink and left it friendless.” There is enough civilian talent in Pakistan. It is the Army that is responsible.It is so sad that they refuse to listen to any one and keep following the same track on Kashmir, Strategic depth in Afghanistan and good terrorists being their assets. So the result is there. Flexibility is back bone of Foreign policy.Recommend

  • ABK Ind
    Sep 23, 2015 - 1:14PM

    @Zain:
    The officer who made the admissions about Kasab & the entire Mumbai attack is Mr. Tariq Khosa Fomer Director General of Pakistan;s Federal Agency. He made these admissions in an interview to a leading Pakistan Daily.
    Please check it online…
    ET Please publish thisRecommend

  • yasir
    Sep 23, 2015 - 3:20PM

    Only can happen when if India Is serious in prosecuting Samjotha attack perpetrators and resolving Kashmir by evacuating territorRecommend

  • AJamal
    Sep 23, 2015 - 3:44PM

    Are champions of democracy and human rights also concerned about massacre of over 2000 in Gujrat riots and prosecution of those killers?
    What about millions of innocent people bombed to death by the US?Recommend

  • al Americana
    Sep 23, 2015 - 4:03PM

    @ Pervez Iqbal. which Madeline are you talking about? The one who called Pakistan a international migraine??Recommend

  • Dr. Farooq Khan
    Sep 23, 2015 - 4:25PM

    India is doing best to portray Pakistan as terrorist country in the world screen so that tomorrow when they are strong enough they can cease more land in Kashmeer by some stupid swift action. Pakistan badly needs to develop economy and stop corruption. If there is no Pakistan nobody will be eating anything. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Sep 23, 2015 - 4:44PM

    @ABK Ind

    All that the ex FIA Dir said was pure conjecture. If you think his statements are so damning, Pakistan should be in deep trouble, but it isn’t.

    In contrast to Mumbai 9/11 where you ppl claim 166 died, in Pakistan thousands more have died due to RAW trained TTP militants attacking Pakistan. I hope Pak authorities expose India for its wicked shenanigans planned and funded out of their so-called consulates in Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Sep 24, 2015 - 12:19AM

    @AJamal:

    2 million people are currently homeless in Pakistan, after your Army bombarded FATA. Thousands have died and your military is calling them militants with no way to confirm if this is true.

    Don’t you think this is a bigger issue for you to worry about? 2000 people died in Gujarat, including Hindus. Why should US worry about riots when such a human catastrophe is taking place next door?Recommend

  • Dr. Shafique
    Sep 24, 2015 - 2:22AM

    This was expected. I wonder what Sartaj Aziz is saying now, after his recent shrill threats of taking the matter to UN. But let’s be honest amongst ourselves: Pakistan has veritably lost its credibility and voice, thanks to decades of mismanagement, corruption, wrong emphasis in our foreign relations, etc. There is also considerable skepticism whether China will invest the $ 37 billion in the CPEC because China itself is becoming bankrupt and has huge economic problems. Does Pakistan have a choice? Yes, it does. It should renounce its bellicose foreign policy fixated on Kashmir which it will, anyway, never be able to manage because of its poor governance, corrupt and self-serving leaders, and repression (as we saw in East Pakistan). Instead, it should concentrate on its people and its existing real estate, and provide basic necessities, developing the economy and industry, and focusing on the country’s prosperity. The rest is all a big eye wash. The military and the politicians, supported by the extremist mullahs and their thugs, have brought us where we now stand. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 24, 2015 - 5:25AM

    Achievements of Pakistani foreign policy: Saudis,UAE and other GCC are neutral on Kashmir and so is China and Russia. The west pretty much supports Indian position on kashmirRecommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Sep 24, 2015 - 6:12AM

    @vikram: I like your comment ”its just like someone celebrating own marriage in neighbors courtyard….” & it is the neighbor with whom one has a constant fight.
    My fellow Indians, why are you displaying your obsession with Pakistan by reacting to every news with a verbal attack on Pakistan. Please restrict yourself to countering anti India propaganda with reliable data + rational arguments & contribute to better understanding among people of both countries..Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 24, 2015 - 6:46AM

    @Ashraf
    The difference is that its due to former assets gone bad in Pakistan, whereas it was Pakistanis who.did that in Mumbai.Recommend

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