Mumbai: India blamed Pakistan for not fulfilling its promise to bring the masterminds of Mumbai terror attacks to justice, while the latter repeated its pledge to do so.
On Friday, India observed the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror strikes that killed about 180 people.
India’s anti-terrorist squad killed all but one of the ten gunmen who carried out multiple-location attacks in India’s financial capital and held hostages for three days since November 26.
According to the Indian prosecution, Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman captured during the attacks, and the nine other slain terrorists had undergone military and intelligence training at the hands of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Pakistan-based militant organization.
An Indian court handling the case sentenced Kasab to death in May.
Speaking in the Mumbai suburb of Borivali after handing over a gas filling station dealership to the family of Police Inspector Tukaram Omble, who was killed while nabbing Kasab, India’s Interior Minister P. Chidambaram said it was his “duty to caution the people that we have a neighbor who has not yet fulfilled the promises made to us.”
We have learnt a lesson that while we will always trust our neighbor, we must always be on guard,” Chidambaram added, referring to the threat that India faces from Pakistan-based militant outfits.
He expressed the hope that Islamabad would realize its responsibility as a nation and take action against the perpetrators of the attack.
Chidambaram laid a wreath at the martyrs’ memorial at south Mumbai’s police gymkhana, where family members of the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks were also present to pay tributes.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his government intended to punish those people who were involved in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Talking to reporters in the central city of Multan on Friday, he claimed that Islamabad had been cooperating with New Delhi, exchanging information with the aim of achieving progress on punishing the culprits.
He insisted that the country’s terrorist outfits were not getting any assistance from the government.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama stayed in one of the targeted sites, the Taj Mahal Hotel, and paid tribute to the attack victims in a speech that pledged solidarity with India against terror.
The Mumbai attacks have raised tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighboring countries, which have fought three wars since their partition in 1947.
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