Noting that will be soon eight years since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and Pakistan hasn’t progressed expeditiously in the trials, Indian foreign secretary wrote to his counterpart suggesting ways it could be expedited.
PTI reported that Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said,”In order to bring the guilty to book, our foreign secretary S Jaishankar has recently written to his counterpart in Pakistan suggesting ways in which the trial could be expedited through cooperation through the legal channel.”
Swarup said that if Pakistan is serious about bringing to justice the perpetrators of the attack, it must act on the suggestions.
He added, “As you know, the entire attack was planned from Pakistan, was perpetrated by Pakistani nationals, all the evidence are in Pakistan, but eight years have passed and trial is happening at a snail’s pace.”
However, India hasn’t heard back from Pakistan regarding the same.
Swarup said they haven’t received any reply from Pakistan. The attack, which claimed 166 people lives, was carried out by 10 Lashkar terrorists. Nine of the attackers were killed and lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and later hanged in 2012. However, a former Lashkar operative arrested by Pakistan for his involvement in the attack was acquitted as Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency didn’t find allegations against him to be true.