Pressurise Pakistan to prosecute Mumbai perpetrators: Britain

February 10th, 2009 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Feb 10 (IANS) Holding that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group was responsible for the Mumbai carnage, Britain Tuesday called for stepping up pressure on Islamabad to prosecute the perpetrators of the attacks, saying it needed to do more to bring the guilty to justice.

“We have been putting constant pressure on Pakistan to take action against those whom we believe are behind the attack. We believe that LeT is behind the attack and the Pakistan authorities must take action against them and in the long term dismantle the terror infrastructure,” British High Commissioner to India Richard Stagg said.

“The right strategy from the UK’s perspective is to pressurise Pakistan,” Stagg told reporters in reply to a question on what needed to be done to ensure Pakistan delivered on its promise to book the Mumbai masterminds.

The envoy is here for the seventh edition of the Aero India international air show Feb 11-15.

Stagg also said that India’s existence in a “turbulent” neighbourhood underlined the need to adequately equip its armed forces.

Brandishing automatic weapons, 10 terrorists who India says came from Pakistan via the sea route sneaked into Mumbai Nov 26 and went on a killing spree that claimed the lives of over 170 people, including 26 foreigners, and injured over 300. The mayhem lasted for over 60 hours before the security forces neutralised the attackers, killing nine of them and capturing one, Ajmal Amir Kasab, who is currently in the custody of the Mumbai police.

India had in January submitted a dossier to Pakistan pointing to the involvement of elements from the neighbouring country in the Mumbai mayhem. Pakistan Monday said the evidence submitted was insufficient.

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