Re­solv­ing 26/11 case in Pak in­ter­est: Im­ran

Pak PM ‘hope­ful’ of re­sum­ing di­a­logue with In­dia

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Nation - HT Correspondent let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■ Mir Eh­san Anonna Dutt ■

Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has said he has asked the gov­ern­ment to as­cer­tain the sta­tus of the 2008 Mum­bai at­tacks case as it is in Pak­istan’s in­ter­est to re­solve the mat­ter.

In­dia re­peated its calls for the pros­e­cu­tion of the mas­ter­minds and fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the at­tacks on the 10th an­niver­sary of the car­nage blamed on the Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) say­ing Pak­istan had shown “lit­tle sin­cer­ity in bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice”.

“We also want some­thing done about the bombers of Mum­bai. I have asked our gov­ern­ment to find out the sta­tus of the case. Re­solv­ing that case is in our in­ter­est be­cause it was an act of ter­ror­ism,” Khan said in an in­ter­view with The Wash­ing­ton Post.

The trial in a Pak­istani an­titer­ror­ism court of seven sus­pects, in­clud­ing LeT op­er­a­tions com­man­der Zak­iur Rehman Lakhvi, has stalled and Pak­istani of­fi­cials have said more ev­i­dence is needed from In­dia to take things for­ward. In­dia has in­sisted that there is suf­fi­cient proof to pros­e­cute the sus­pects.

Khan, who spoke about Pak­istan tak­ing two steps for peace for ev­ery step taken by In­dia in his first speech after his party won the gen­eral elec­tion in July, re­ferred to the rea­sons why he be­lieves his peace over­tures had been re­jected by New Delhi.

“I know, be­cause In­dia has elec­tions com­ing up. The rul­ing party has an anti-Mus­lim, an­tiPak­istan ap­proach. They re­buffed all my over­tures,” he said.

“I have opened a visa-free peace cor­ri­dor with In­dia called Kar­tarpur (so that In­dian Sikhs can visit a shrine in Pak­istan). Let’s hope that after the elec­tion is over, we can again re­sume talks with In­dia,” he said, re­fer­ring to the re­cent launch of work on a cor­ri­dor that will link Dera Baba Nanak in In­dia to Kar­tarpur gur­d­wara in Pak­istan.

Khan also dis­missed the oft-re­peated con­tention of US of­fi­cials that the lead­er­ship of the Afghan Tal­iban is based in Pak­istan. “When I came into power, I got a com­plete brief­ing from the se­cu­rity forces. They said that we have time and time again asked the Amer­i­cans, “Can you tell us where the sanc­tu­ar­ies are, and we will go after them?” There are no sanc­tu­ar­ies in Pak­istan.

Re­fer­ring to camps for Afghan refugees, he added: “If there are a few hun­dred, maybe 2,000 to 3,000 Tal­iban who move into Pak­istan, they could eas­ily move into these Afghan refugee camps.”

A day after cross LoC trade was sus­pended fol­low­ing cease­fire vi­o­la­tion in Uri sec­tor, trade ac­tiv­i­ties were re­sumed on Fri­day, with 26 trucks leav­ing for Muzaf­farabad in Pak­istan Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK) and 14 trucks ar­riv­ing at the Trade Cen­tre Salam­abad in Uri.

The cease­fire vi­o­la­tion in north Kash­mir’s Uri and Machil sec­tors on Thurs­day had left one sol­dier dead and two oth­ers in­jured.

Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Bara­mulla, Im­tiaz Hus­sain said no cease­fire vi­o­la­tion was re­ported in Uri on Fri­day. “The cross LoC trade which was sus­pended on Thurs­day was also re­stored,” he said.

Lo­cals in Uri said ex­change of fir­ing took place on the for­ward posts in Ka­malkote sec­tor on Thurs­day and a few shells landed close to a res­i­den­tial house dam­ag­ing a shed. “When­ever there is cease­fire vi­o­la­tion on the LoC, it’s the vil­lagers liv­ing close to the LoC who get per­turbed,” said a res­i­dent of Ka­malkote.

: ISI MAN HELD IN J&K

The Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice on Fri­day said it has ar­rested an agent of the Pak­istan’s In­terSer­vices In­tel­li­gence (ISI) from Kisht­war, who had been plan­ning to carry-out ter­ror at­tacks in the com­mu­nally sen­si­tive dis­trict. The ac­cused has been iden­ti­fied as Sehran Sheikh aka Abu Zubair, said Kisht­war dis­trict po­lice chief, Ra­jin­der Gupta

Two and three-wheeler riders ac­counted for 40% of all traf­fic deaths in In­dia in 2016, ac­cord­ing to WHO’s Global Sta­tus Re­port on Road Safety 2018, which puts the to­tal traf­fic deaths at 1.5 lakh that year.

The ac­tual num­ber of deaths, how­ever, could be higher as per the re­port, which es­ti­mates that there were 2.99 lakh traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties. This means, an es­ti­mated 22.6 peo­ple per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion died of ac­ci­dents in In­dia in 2016.

“The high­est num­ber of ca­su­al­ties are re­ported among peo­ple on two and three wheel­ers, and let me add pedes­tri­ans, be­cause they do not have a pro­tec­tive ex­te­rior ex­pos­ing them to more in­juries. Also, the kind of speed and traf­fic mix in In­dia means that cars with higher speed lim­its drive on the same road with two-wheel­ers with lower speed limit, mak­ing them more ac­ci­dent prone,” said Dr Rakhi Dan­dona who heads the Global Bur­den of Dis­ease –Road In­juries group for the State-level Dis­ease Bur­den ini­tia­tive.

Glob­ally, 1.35 mil­lion peo­ple died in traf­fic crashes the same year.

“The re­port shows that progress has been achieved in im­por­tant ar­eas such as leg­is­la­tion, ve­hi­cle stan­dards and im­prov­ing ac­cess to post-crash care. This progress has not, how­ever, oc­curred at a pace fast enough. At this rate, the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goal to halve road traf­fic deaths by 2020 will not be met,” the re­port stated.

The es­ti­mated num­ber of traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties is al­most dou­ble, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion Re­port, which puts the ab­so­lute num­ber of deaths at 2.99 lakhs. In 2016, 22.6 peo­ple in ev­ery 100,000 pop­u­la­tion died in traf­fic crashes.

After two and three-wheeler, the high­est num­ber of deaths were re­ported in pas­sen­gers of cars (12%), driv­ers and pas­sen­gers of heavy trucks (11%), and pedes­tri­ans (10%) after deaths in two and three wheeler driv­ers.

› I have asked our gov­ern­ment to find out the sta­tus of the (Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack) case. Re­solv­ing that case is in our in­ter­est be­cause it was an act of ter­ror­ism. IM­RAN KHAN, Pak­istani PM

AP FILE

Pak­istani PM Im­ran Khan said they too want some­thing done about ■ the “bombers of Mum­bai”.

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