Marking the second anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, home minister P Chidambaram said it was high time Pakistan understood its responsibility and take a definitive stand against the terrorists who were responsible for spreading terrorism.
He praised slain police inspector Tukaram Ombale and said if Kasab hadn’t been caught alive, there would be no conclusive link to Pakistan in the 26/11 attacks.
“If it was not for Tukaram Ombale and his bravery in apprehending Ajmal Kasab, Indians would not have been able to expose that the plan of the attacks was hatched on the soil of Pakistan and this fact was brought in open for the world to know,” Chidambaram said. Ombale, who was unarmed, chased Kasab and managed to catch him alive.
He added, “In Pakistan, we have a neighbour who has not fulfilled its promise to bring 26/11 masterminds to justice.”
He said the neighbouring country has to come forward and take measures to prove that they stand with India in the fight against terrorism.
Lauding brave hearts of 26/11 attack, Chidambaram said the martyrs had laid their lives so that Mumbai could be safe. He said there was nothing the government could do to compensate the loss that the martyrs’ family had suffered, but the government will provide them financial aid so that they can lead comfortable lives.
Pakistan has said it has “done all it could” in helping India track the attackers of the Mumbai attacks.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told media men in Multan that Pakistan was sincere in its efforts and it should not be doubted in this regard. “We have given them information. Dossiers have been exchanged. We have responded and are conducting our own investigations.”
Qureshi said Pakistan would not host terrorist organisations on its soil. “I categorically state that Pakistan will not support or host any militant or terrorist organisation,” he said.
He said India had been slow in responding to Pakistan’s requests for extradition of witnesses.