Re­solv­ing 26/11 case in Pak in­ter­est: Im­ran

POS­I­TIVE TALK Pak PM ‘hope­ful’ of re­sum­ing di­a­logue with In­dia

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ISLAMABAD: 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

› 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

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.”

AP FILE

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

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