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India urges Pakistan to punish terrorists

Associated Press / November 26, 2010

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NEW DELHI — India rebuked Pakistan yesterday for not punishing the alleged masterminds of the 2008 terror attack on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people.

None of the seven men arrested in Pakistan on charges of planning and executing the three-day assault, which began two years ago today, has been put on trial.

India expressed its frustration that Islamabad had not followed up on intelligence given to it about the men, who allegedly belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based Islamist militant group.

“Substantive and verifiable progress has not been made on bringing all the perpetrators and masterminds of the heinous attacks to justice,’’ India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

It urged Pakistan to announce a time by which it would take action. Fulfilling that pledge would help build trust between the countries and demonstrate Pakistan’s commitment to combating terrorism, the ministry said.

Pakistan’s government had no immediate response, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said the case against the suspects was continuing. “We are committed to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack to justice,’’ Basit said.

Relations between the two nations have been strained since the attacks, with India accusing Pakistan’s intelligence agencies of supporting militants who carry out terrorism in India.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since 1947.

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