Pakistan sheltering 26/11 perpetrators: BJP

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 27, 2011 09:21 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IBNS) On the third anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged Pakistan is sheltering the perpetrators.

"Pakistan is sheltering the terrorists. 26/11 perpetrators are walking free in Pakistan," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar was quoted as saying by a national news channel on Saturday.

"We should have contested Rehman Malik's (Pakistan´s Interior Minister) statement that there is no credible evidence in 26/11. The evidences given to Pakistan should be made open to world," he said.

Meanwhile, former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai questioned US decision to enter plea bargain with 26/11 conspirator David Headley.

"I think the very fact that a person who is so closely involved in 26/11 attacks, once arrested, the Americans went into a plea bargain without informing us," Pillai told reporters on Friday.

"One of the conditions was he would not be extradited to India. So we would like to suspect the motive behind the plea bargain itself," he said.

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.

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 provided 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.

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