New York, Sep 29: National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon on Sunday said that after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took up the issue the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai, his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, assured during their meeting in New York, that Islamabad would take progressive action on the matter.
“Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh of course mentioned terrorism and a need for effective action on bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to book. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that indeed that was Pakistan’s intention, and now that the judicial commission has just returned to Pakistan after gathering their depositions and evidence in India, there would be further progress of that,” Menon told media after the two leaders had met on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly session.
“On the Pakistani side, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif mentioned the incidents of terrorism that Pakistan has also been suffering from, but he also said there would be action on the Mumbai case,” he added.
The meeting between Dr. Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif, which lasted just over an hour, came at a time when the political situation in both countries is sensitive in the wake multiple incidents of cross-border ceasefire violations and militant attacks along the LoC.
Earlier this week, a joint statement signed by Prime Minister Singh and President Barack Obama urged Pakistan to work towards bringing the perpetrators of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice.
During his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took a hard stance on cross-border terrorism, and said Pakistan must stop being ‘the epicenter of terrorism’.
Dr. Singh also said that it is equally important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance from Pakistan should be shut down.
The 2008 Mumbai attacks were twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, later confessed upon interrogation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan’s ISI.
The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, claiming the lives of 166 people and wounding at least 308.
Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai-at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, the Cama Hospital (a women and children’s hospital), the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier’s College.
There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai’s port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle.
By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj Hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces.
On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted Operation Black Tornado to flush out the remaining attackers. It resulted in the deaths of the last remaining attackers at the Taj Hotel and the ending all fighting in the attacks.
Kasab was hanged on 21 November 2012 at 7:30 a.m. and buried at Yerwada Jail in Pune. (ANI)