New Delhi: On the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, India summoned a senior diplomat of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and sought expedited trial in the terrorism case, pending for long in Pakistani courts.
In a note verbale to the diplomat, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also asked Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India.
“A senior diplomat from the High Commission of Pakistan in India was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs today. A Note Verbale reiterating India’s call for an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case, and calling 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 MEA statement read.
India called it a “matter of deep anguish” that Pakistan has shown little sincerity in bringing the perpetrators to justice, even 13 years after the incident.
India summoned a senior Pakistani High commission diplomat on 26/11 anniversary. A note Verbale reiterating India’s call for an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case was handed to him: Ministry of External Affairs pic.twitter.com/piUJm9kBgP
— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2021
The MEA statement also pointed to former Pakistan Prime Minister (Yusuf Raza Gilani) going on record to say that the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan, and the attackers too were Pakistani nationals.
“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,” the MEA said.
मुंबई 26/11 आतंकी हमलों में जान गंवाने वालों को भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि देता हूँ और उन सभी सुरक्षाकर्मियों के साहस को सलाम करता हूं, जिन्होंने कायरतापूर्ण हमलों में आतंकवादियों का डटकर सामना किया। पूरे देश को आपकी वीरता पर गर्व रहेगा। कृतज्ञ राष्ट्र सदैव आपके बलिदान का ऋणी रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/rgW2xsoXVj
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 26, 2021
166 people were killed in the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008, unleashed by 10 Lashkar terrorists from Pakistan. Nationals of US, Israel and several other countries were among the dead. Several security force personnel were also killed in encounter with the gunmen.
सीमा पर कठिन मौसम में परिवार से दूर रहकर देश की रक्षा करता है।
आतंकवादी हमले में अपनी जान की बाज़ी लगाकर मासूमों को बचाता है।
जान की नहीं, जहान की फ़िक्र करता है।
परिवार की, गाँव की, देश की शान है- ऐसा मेरे देश का जवान है।
26/11 #MumbaiTerrorAttack के वीरों को नमन।
जय हिंद! pic.twitter.com/fFVQTGjMmx
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 26, 2021
Several events were organised in memory of the 26/11 martyrs in Mumbai and elsewhere. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the victims in his Constitution Day speech at a function in Parliament.
Home minister Amit Shah, foreign minister S Jaishankar and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also tweeted on the occasion.