Crime & Justice

India urges Pakistan to expedite 2008 Mumbai terror attack trial

New Delhi, Nov 26 (EFE).- India Thursday summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat, seeking an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people, including foreigners, dead on this day 13 years ago.

A foreign ministry spokesperson said it handed over a diplomatic note to the official from the high commission of Pakistan in India to demand justice for those who lost their lives in the carnage unleashed by ten heavily-armed men from the neighboring country.

“India call(s) for an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case, and call(s) on the government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India was handed over to him,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“The government and people of India somberly remember the victims of the dastardly attack and the valiant security personnel who laid down their lives to protect ours.”

The government held a solemn memorial event at the Police Memorial in Mumbai, the capital of the western state of Maharashtra.

On Nov.26, 2008, militants from Pakistan sailed into Mumbai from Karachi.

The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group had allegedly trained, sponsored, and armed the gunmen.

They opened fire and bombed different locations in the financial and entertainment capital of India, killing at least 166 people in the mayhem that lasted three days.

The victims included citizens of 14 other countries.

Indian missions in these countries organized memorial events remembering the victims, both national and foreign, and reminding the world of the “continuing global threat of terrorism.”

“It is a matter of deep anguish that even after 13 years of this heinous terror attack, the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe still await closure, with Pakistan showing little sincerity in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” the Indian foreign ministry said.

The ministry reiterated that the terrorist attack was planned, executed, and launched from Pakistani territory.

It said that a former Pakistan prime minister had on record admitted that the terrorists were sent from Pakistan’s soil.

“We once again call on the government of Pakistan to give up double standards and to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice. This is not just a matter of Pakistan’s accountability to the families of the innocent victims who fell to terrorists, but also an international obligation.” EFE


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