India suggests way for Pakistan to speed up 26/11 trials


Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Thursday wrote to Islamabad, suggesting ways in which Pakistan could expedite the trial in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks case. He suggested cooperation through legal channels as one way of ensuring that the perpetrators of the attack are brought to justice.

“The trial in the Mumbai terror attack and Pakistan has not moved expeditiously, although it will soon be eight years since that dastardly attack took place. In order to bring the guilty to book, our Foreign Secretary has recently written to his Pakistani counterpart, suggesting ways in which the trial could be expedited through cooperation through the legal channel,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

He said Pakistan is yet to respond to the previous letter written from Jaishankar. The letter was dated September 6 and delivered to the Pakistan government by India’s High Commissioner on September 9.

India and the US have issued multiple statements over the past month, pressuring Pakistan to ensure that the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks are brought to justice.

The MEA’s statement on the letter comes a day after India raised Pakistan’s human rights violations in Balochistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and is an ensure there is no let-up of pressure on Islamabad to act against terrorist activity launched from its soil.

The letter also gains significance in the light of India’s repeated assertions that the ongoing unrest in Kashmir is being orchestrated from Pakistan.