Want to see accountability in 2008 Mumbai terror attack: US
The United States has said that Pakistan must go after all all the terrorist groups operating or seeking safe haven on their soil, adding that Washington wants to see accountability and justice in the case of the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack.
The US State Department Deputy spokesperson Mark C Toner said that Washington has long encouraged and pushed for greater counter-terrorism cooperation which includes the sharing of intelligence between India and Pakistan in the Mumbai terror attack.
“We’ve been very clear that we want to see accountability and justice in the case of the Mumbai attacks, and as you noted, there were American citizens who lost their lives in that – those terrible attacks. We’ve long encouraged and pushed for greater counter-terrorism cooperation, and that includes the sharing of intelligence between India and Pakistan in that regard,” Toner said.
Toner further added that the United States has made its concerns clear that Pakistan needs to go after all the terrorist groups operating in the country over the terrorist attacks, which includes 26/11.
“We want to see full accountability for these terrible attacks. We`re working with Pakistan, we`re making our concerns clear that they need to go after all the terrorist groups that are operating or seeking safe haven on their soil. And that`s been our clear objective for a long time now. We`ve seen progress, but we need to see more,” Toner added.
In many events, India has long asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to justice but Islamabad has claimed that the evidence provided by New Delhi is not sufficient.
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, who orchestrated the November 2008, Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed is based in Pakistan. Even though the UN has declared JuD a terror organisation and individually designated Saeed as a terrorist in December 2008, he continues to live freely in Pakistan.