Washington: The US has reiterated that it wants accountability from Pakistan on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that claimed 166 lives.
“We’ve been very clear that we want to see accountability and justice in the case of the Mumbai attacks, and as you noted, there were American citizens who lost their lives in that – those terrible attacks,” US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said in Monday’s daily press briefing in response to a question about Secretary of State John Kerry’s mentioning about US’ efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators behind the attacks in which six Americans were also killed.
Kerry was in New Delhi to attend the Second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue on August 30.
“We’ve long encouraged and pushed for greater counter-terrorism cooperation, and that includes the sharing of intelligence between India and Pakistan in that regard,” Toner said.
“That continues; those efforts continue. As I said, we want to see full accountability for these terrible attacks.”
The four-day attacks starting from November 26, 2008, were carried out by 10 terrorists of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit.
One of them, Ajmal Kasab, was captured and put to death under the Indian justice system while the other nine terrorists were killed by security forces.
On April 9, 2015, the foremost ringleader of the attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was granted bail in Pakistan against surety bonds of 200,000 ($2,000) Pakistan rupees.
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