New Delhi, Nov 26 (IBNS) On the third anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, India reminded Pakistan to bring to justice the plotters of the deadly strike based in the neighbouring nation whose conspiracy ultimately killed 166 people and injured many others.
"I once again call on our neighbour to bring the perpetrators of the crime to speedy justice," India´s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in a statement on Saturday.
"No cause can justify the use of terrorism for attainment of goals, whatsoever they may be ! There also cannot be a selective fight against terror," he said.
"The scourge of terrorism has to be comprehensively fought and eradicated in all its forms and manifestations. It must be realized that use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, has no place in today's world and is self destructive," he said.
"Issues have to be resolved through a peaceful dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence. India is committed to having a peaceful, friendly and cooperative relationship with all its neighbours for progress and prosperity in our region. We call upon all our neighbours to join us in this endeavour of building a better future for our peoples," he said.
Krishna also paid homage to the victims.
"I join my countrymen in paying respectful homage to the innocent men, women and children whose lives were most tragically snuffed out by the inhuman act of terrorism, inspired and carried out from across our borders, three year ago, on this day, in Mumbai," he said.
"We also salute the courage and fortitude of the families who lost their loved ones in that senseless act of violence," he said.
In Mumbai, in a memorial organized by the police, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan paid tribute to the dead on Saturday morning.
In coordinated attacks the terrorists had targetted Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, luxury hotels like Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre among other places.
Terrorists from Pakistan came by sea and attacked the high profile targets this day in 2008. The siege of Mumbai continued for about 60 hours and after heavy gunbattle with the terrorists holed up in the hotels the fight ended in the death of nine of the ten gunmen who held India´s financial capital hostage.
Ajmal Kasab is the only among the ten gunmen who could be captured alive. He was awarded death sentence but India is yet to execute him as the legal process continued.
Kasab admitted that the attackers were members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit.
The attack led to the severance of the peace talks and created tension between nuclear armed neighbours India and Pakistan for a long period though later dialogues resumed.
However, Pakistan is yet to act against the plotters based on their soil and anti-India rallies by the Islamic fundamentalist groups are frequent.
While Pakistan said India has not provide conclusive evidence yet, India denies the charge.
Some of the key people involved in the conspiracy are undergoing trial in USA.
David Coleman Headley, a Chicago-based Pakistani American, is one of them.
His friend Tahawwur Hussain Rana is another Pakistani Canadian resident of Chicago who has been jailed in USA for plotting an attack on Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, but was acquitted in the Mumbai attack there though he is a wanted in the Mumbai attack in India.