India demands justice on Mumbai terror attack anniversary

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Sunanda Narkar, center, whose husband was killed in a terror attack, wails while paying tributes at the Cama hospital in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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Indians gather around a poster with images of police and army personnel who lost their lives in the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks, put up at the Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station on the 10th anniversary of the attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2018. (AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE)
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A bird flies past as Indian police officers pay tribute to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks at a memorial in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Updated 27 November 2018
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India demands justice on Mumbai terror attack anniversary

  • Militants lay siege to Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008, and stormed targets including hotels, a railway station and a hospital 
  • The coordinated shootings and bombings, blamed on Pakistani terrorists, killed 166 people and injured hundreds

NEW DELHI: The planners of the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks “still roam the streets of Pakistan with impunity,” India said on Monday, as it marked the 10th anniversary of the bloodshed.

Militants lay siege to the coastal city on Nov. 26, 2008, and stormed targets including hotels, a railway station and a hospital. 

The coordinated shootings and bombings killed 166 people and injured hundreds more. The violence was blamed on Pakistani nationals.

“It is a matter of deep anguish that even after 10 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 perpetrators to justice,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said.

It urged its nuclear-armed rival to “give up double standards,” adding: “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.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Pakistan to uphold its UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against those responsible for the attacks, including the militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates.

He also announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired to commit, or aided or abetted the execution of the attack.

Prof. Harsh V. Pant of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a New Delhi-based think thank, told Arab News: “There’s a sense of victimization in India and a strong sense of grievance among people about a lack of justice in the 26/11 attack.”

He said: “For any Indian government, it would be difficult to enter into any sort of long-term peace process with Pakistan unless it’s done to ameliorate the 26/11 grievances.”

He added: “Terror attacks keep on taking place in Kashmir, but for most Indians it’s far off. Mumbai is something that happened in the mainland... People saw it closely. In that context, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of sentiment.”


India says Pakistan must take action against those behind Kashmir attack

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India says Pakistan must take action against those behind Kashmir attack

  • Attack was one of the worst single attack against Indian forces in Kashmir

NEW DELHI: India angrily rejected Imran Khan’s offer of dialogue as tensions continued to increase after a suicide bomber killed more than 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

India blamed Pakistan for the attack on Thursday in which a militant rammed a van full of explosives in to a bus carrying paramilitary troops. It was the worst single attack against Indian forces in Kashmir.

In a speech to the nation, the Pakistani prime minister on Tuesday offered to hold talks and asked India to show “actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved and we will take action.”

New Delhi described Khan’s offer as a “lame excuse.” The foreign ministry asked Khan to “stop misleading the international community” and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of the attack in Pulwama and “terror groups operating from areas under their control.”

“Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan,” the statement said. “The Pakistani prime minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist who perpetrated this heinous crime. 

“It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action," the statement reads.

Militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it had carried out the attack.

The statement said Pakistan had failed to take action against those responsible for previous attacks against India, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre that killed 174 people.

“India has repeatedly stated that it is ready to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence,” the statement said.

The attack has led to calls within in India for a firm response against Pakistan.

In his speech, Khan warned India that in the event of an attack Pakistan would retaliate.