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.”
India repeated its calls for the prosecution of the masterminds and facilitators of the attacks on the 10th anniversary of the carnage blamed on the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), saying Pakistan had shown “little sincerity in bringing the perpetrators to justice”.
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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.
“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,” Khan said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Khan spoke about Pakistan taking two steps for peace for every step taken by India in his first speech after his party won the general election in July, acknowledged how India had rebuffed all his overtures.
“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). Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India,” he said, referring to the recent inauguration of the corridor that will link Dera Baba Nanak in India to Kartarpur gurdwara in Pakistan.
Dismissing the argument of US officials that the leadership of the Afghan Taliban is based in Pakistan, the prime minister stated that, “when I came into power, I got a complete briefing from the security forces. They said that we have time and time again asked the Americans, ‘Can you tell us where the sanctuaries are, and we will go after them?’ There are no sanctuaries in Pakistan.”
Referring to camps for Afghan refugees, he added: “If there are a few hundred, maybe 2,000 to 3,000 Taliban who move into Pakistan, they could easily move into these Afghan refugee camps.”