Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an interview with an English daily on Thursday, acknowledged that the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was perpetrated by Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Speaking on the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan PM said, “We also want something done about the bombers of Mumbai. I have asked our government to find out the status of the case. Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism."
On the 10th anniversary of the dreadful 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack, the Government of India released a statement in which it had given a stern warning to Pakistan to "give up double standards and to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice".
Imran Khan's response has come in the light of the question of the release Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who is a leader of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba on bail in Pakistan while a nine-year trial has dragged on for six other suspects, with no results.
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.
Furthermore, on being questioned about India dismissing his gestures towards the country after coming to power, Imran Khan targeted the ruling government, calling it 'anti-BJP and anti-Pakistan.'
"India has elections coming up. The ruling party has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach. They rebuffed all my overtures. Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India," Pakistan PM said to the English Daily.
“I have opened a visa-free peace corridor with India called Kartarpur (so that Indian Sikhs can visit a shrine in Pakistan),” he said, referring to the recent groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan.