26/11 anniversary: Rajnath Singh vows to pressure Pakistan to hand over culprits to India

26/11 Mumbai attack

Jamshedpur, Nov 26: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that New Delhi will build up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to ensure that the perpetrators of 26-11 attacks are brought to justice and handed over to India.

Rajnath told a news agency: “The previous government had requested Pakistan to prosecute all the culprits behind the heinous attacks because this was an attack that was completely sponsored by Islamabad – there is no doubt about that.”

“However, the lack of honesty with which the perpetrators of the attacks were allowed to go free and were not prosecuted has resulted in our government deciding to put diplomatic pressure on Pakistan so that the guilty parties are brought to justice. Further, we will build up pressure for Pakistan to hand them over to India,” the Home Minister added.

Expressing his condolences for those who lost their lives in the terror attacks, Singh said: “The attacks on Mumbai were very saddening. I extend my heartfelt condolences to all those who were martyred that day – our security forces and the innocents who had been killed.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has saluted the security personnel who laid down their lives protecting others during the Mumbai terror attacks on this day in 2008, and reaffirmed India`s resolve to combat terrorism.

Martyrs` families pay homage at Police Memorial

Mourning the sixth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on Wednesday, family members of the martyrs paid homage at Police Memorial in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Others who paid tribute at the Memorial include Industry, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Mehta, senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde and Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal.

Memorial services would be held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Oberoi Trident, Jewish Chabad house and Leopold cafe.

Besides, homage would also be paid to the victims and martyrs at schools, colleges and other installations across city.

At least 166 people were killed and 293 injured when ten Pakistani terrorists struck at various locations in Mumbai simultaneously. The lone terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was captured alive during the attacks, was hanged to death after trial on November 21, 2012.

(With Agency Inputs)

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