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India marks 26/11 Mumbai attack anniversary
November 26, 2013, 7:05 am

During the Mumbai attacks 10 militants from the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) killed 166 people across key locations in the city, including six Americans and wounding more than 300 [Getty Images]

During the Mumbai attacks 10 militants from the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) killed 166 people across key locations in the city, including six Americans and wounding more than 300 [Getty Images]

As India marks the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks today, it is “important” that the perpetrators of the “terrible crime” should be brought to justice, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said.

It was a “terrible crime, an awful terrorist attack,” Ban’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky told Indian agency PTI.

During the Mumbai attacks 10 militants from the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) killed 166 people across key locations in the city, including six Americans and wounding more than 300.

“Certainly, it is important that those who were responsible are brought to justice. There has already been some action in that regard,” Nesirky said.

One of the culprits Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani national, was caught during the attack, charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state, during a long trial and executed in November last year.

India has repeatedly accused Pakistan of not making any progress in its investigation of the attack and those responsible for it.

In a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had demanded effective action to bring to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attack.

Sharif had told Singh that action would be taken against the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, there is growing discord in the United States about Pakistan’s commitment to fight terrorism after the United States discovered and killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a compound near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

There has also been friction in US-Pakistan ties over recent American drone strikes, including an attack this month that killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

India has long accused Pakistan of supporting the militants fighting Indian rule in an insurgency in its part of Muslim-majority Kashmir since 1989. Pakistan denies this.

 

With inputs from Agencies

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