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Give Up Double Standards And Ensure Justice: Government Of India To Pakistan On 26/11 Terror Attacks Anniversary

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

The city of Mumbai came to a standstill after 10 heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists carried out coordinated attacks at six locations across the city on November 26, 2008. On the 10th anniversary of the dreadful 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack, the Government of India has released a statement in which it has sombrely remembered the victims and the martyred security personnel who laid down their lives to protect the nation. It has also given a stern warning to Pakistan to "give up double standards and to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice".

Here's the full statement by the Government of India:

Ten years of seeking justice for the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

November 26, 2018

On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack, the Government and the people of India sombrely remember the victims of this dastardly attack and the martyred security personnel who laid down their lives to protect ours.

The President, the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister, in separate messages, have expressed their firm solidarity with the families of the victims and martyrs.

A solemn memorial event and wreath laying ceremony was organised earlier today by the State Government of Maharashtra at the Police Memorial in Mumbai and the Memorial at Taj Hotel, Mumbai. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra along with other state dignitaries and members of the Diplomatic Corps participated in these events. 

Fourteen other countries lost their nationals in these attacks. The Indian Missions in these countries are organizing memorial events remembering the victims, both national and foreign, reminding the world of the global threat of terrorism. Senior government representatives from the host Governments, family members of victims and survivors will be participating in these solemn events.

It is a matter of deep anguish that even after 10 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 perpetrators to justice. The planners of 26/11 still roam the streets of Pakistan with impunity. 

The 26/11 terrorist attack was planned, executed and launched from Pakistan territory. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan had earlier this year admitted that the terrorists were sent from Pakistan’s soil. 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. 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.

We welcome the statement issued today by the United States calling on Pakistan to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates.

The Government of India will continue its efforts to bring justice to the families of the victims and the martyrs.

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As many as 10 LeT terrorists came into India through the sea and terrorised the city of Mumbai on November 26, 2008. An attack which lasted for a period of days, the terrorists bombarded and fired on a number of important places in the city, including the Taj Hotel. A total of 166 people were killed and over 300 were injured in the ghastly act of terror. Of the 10 attackers, nine were killed, while the only survivor, Ajmal Kasab, was hanged to death for his activities.