Mumbai: On the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday called on Pakistan to “give up double standards and to expeditiously bring the perpetrators…to justice”.
In a note verbally to the diplomat, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also urged Pakistan to abide by its commitment of not allowing terrorism against India from the territories under its control.
“A note reiterating India’s call for a speedy trial in the Mumbai terror attack case, and urging the Government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment not to allow areas under its control to conduct terrorism against India.”
In a statement, it added: “It is a matter of deep anguish that even after 13 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 the perpetrators to justice.”
The MEA claimed that the terrorist attack was planned, executed and carried out from Pakistani territory.
“We once again call on the government of Pakistan to give up double standards and to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice,” it said.
“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.
The Indian government further resolved to demand justice for the families of the “victims and martyrs” of the attack.
The Ministry of External Affairs said, “On the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, the Government and the people of India remember the victims of this dastardly attack and the brave security personnel who laid down their lives to protect us.”
During a 60-hour siege in Mumbai in November 2008, 166 people, including 18 security personnel, were killed and several others injured by 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan.
Citizens of India and 14 other countries were killed in this attack.
“Indian Missions in these countries are organising memorial events remembering the victims, both national and foreign, reminding the world of the continuing global threat of terrorism,” the MEA said.
In addition to the host governments’ top officials, family members of deceased victims and survivors will attend these solemn events, it added.