13th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks: Pak diplomat summoned, asked to expedite trial

New Delhi, 26 November (Agency)

India on Friday summoned a senior diplomat of Pakistan’s High Commission to mark the 13th anniversary of the 26 November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and insisted on an speedy trial in the matter. In a diplomatic note (note verbal) handed over to a Pakistani diplomat, the Ministry of External Affairs asked Pakistan to abide by its commitment not to allow its territory to be used for terrorism against India.

“It is with great sadness that even 13 years after the 26/11 attacks, the families of 166 victims await the completion of the trial,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said. Pakistan is not showing much seriousness in punishing the guilty. The Ministry of External Affairs emphasized that the terror attack was planned and executed in Pakistan from there.

It is noteworthy that on 26 November 2008, 10 LeT terrorists from Pakistan reached Mumbai by sea route and they fired indiscriminately at many places, in which 166 people including 18 security personnel were killed. A terrorist Ajmal Kasab was caught alive. He was hanged on 21 November 2012, four years after the attack.

Tributes paid to martyrs

Mumbai: Wreaths were paid on Friday to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting terrorists in the attack. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, State Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil paid tributes at the memorial at the Police Headquarters in South Mumbai. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is recuperating at a hospital in Mumbai after a spinal surgery, also remembered the 26/11 martyrs. Members of the families of some of the martyr policemen also paid tribute at the memorial. President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah have saluted the courage of security personnel who made supreme sacrifice in fighting terrorists. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also remembered the martyrs

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