On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attack, India on Monday again asked Pakistan to give up ‘double standards’ in dealing with terrorism and expeditiously bringto justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage.
‘’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,’’ New Delhi said in a statement.
The government said it was a matter of deep anguish that even after 10 years of the heinous terror attack, the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe still awaited closure, with Pakistan showing little sincerity in bringing perpetrators to justice. The planners of 26/11 were still roaming the streets of Pakistan with impunity, it added, in an obvious reference to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, the plotter of the Mumbai attack.
India asserted that the 26/11 attack was planned, executed and launched from Pakistan territory. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan had earlier this year admitted that the terrorists were sent from Pakistan’s soil, it added.
India welcomed the statement issued today by the United States calling on Pakistan to uphold its UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for the Mumbai attack, including the LeT and its affiliates. New Delhi also made it clear to Pakistan that it would continue its efforts to bring justice to the families of the victims and the martyrs.
It said the people of India somberly remember the victims of the dastardly attack and the martyred security personnel. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in separate messages, expressed their firm solidarity with the families of the victims and martyrs.
The PM tweeted: ’’Tributes to those who lost their lives in the gruesome 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. Our solidarity with the bereaved families. A grateful nation bows to our brave police and security forces who valiantly fought the terrorists during the Mumbai attacks.’’
A solemn memorial event and wreath laying ceremony was organised today by the Maharashtra Government at the Police Memorial in Mumbai and the Memorial at Taj Hotel, Mumbai.
The Indian missions in 14 countries, whose nationals also lost their lives in the Mumbai attack, organised memorial events remembering the victims, reminding the world of the global threat of terrorism.