Pakistan FIA list 'glaringly omits' masterminds, key conspirators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: MEA
Pakistan is yet to show sincerity in delivering justice to the families of 166 victims
Slamming Pakistan's Federal Investigative Agency (FIA), India on Thursday said its updated list of most wanted terrorists glaringly omits the masterminds and key conspirators of the heinous 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
"It is a fact that the 26/11 attack was planned, executed, and launched from Pakistan's territory. The list makes it clear that Pakistan possesses all the necessary information and evidence on the conspirators and facilitators of the Mumbai terror attack based in Pakistan," MEA Official Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in response to questions at the weekly media briefing.
India has repeatedly called on the Pakistan government "to give up its obfuscation and dilatory tactics in discharging its international obligations in the Mumbai terror attack trial," he pointed out. Several other countries had also called upon Pakistan to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of this terror attack to justice, the MEA Official Spokesperson added.
He said, "It is a matter of serious concern that despite its own public acknowledgement as well as the availability of all necessary evidence including that shared by India, Pakistan is yet to show sincerity in delivering justice to the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe even as we near the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks."
Referring to media reports in Pakistan about the Federal Investigation Agency releasing an updated book on the most wanted high-profile terrorists listing, Srivastava said the list includes "a select few members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a UN designated terror entity in Pakistan, including the crew members of the boats used to execute these attacks".
According to media reports, Pakistan had admitted that 11 terrorists involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were Pakistanis in the FIA's latest summary of the ‘most wanted/ high profile terrorists’ list. It has, however, not mentioned the names of the masterminds of the attack including Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar.
The list of 1,210 persons in the books of the federal and provincial agencies of FIA, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (PoK) includes names of planners and financiers of the terror attack including those who purchased Yamaha Motor boat engine, life jackets, inflatable boats and other equipment, the reports said.