GEN RAWAT SNUBS IM­RAN'S 'MUM­BAI AT­TACK' RE­MARK Says 'In­dia knew Pak­istan was be­hind it'

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Army Chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat on Satur­day said that In­dia knew the role of Pak­istan in the 2008 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack, which left scores of peo­ple dead and in­jured, assert­ing that In­dia did not need any­one en­dors­ing the com­plic­ity of Islamabad in the ghastly act.

Speak­ing to ANI, Gen­eral Rawat said, “We know who did it (the 2008 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack). I don't think we have to get any­more state­ment from any­body. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity knows who did it."

Gen­eral Rawat was re­spond­ing to Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan's state­ment in which he tac­itly ac­knowl­edged his coun­try's hand in the Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack.

The Army Chief, how­ever, hailed Khan’s state­ment say­ing that "ac­cep­tance is good."

The Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter, in an in­ter­view to The Wash­ing­ton Post, his first to a for­eign pub­li­ca­tion, said that his coun­try wants "some­thing done about the bombers of Mum­bai," while tac­itly ac­knowl­edg­ing that the at­tack of Novem­ber 2008 orig­i­nated from the Pak­istani soil.

Khan, who has spo­ken about Pak­istan tak­ing two steps for peace for ev­ery step taken by In­dia, said his gov­ern­ment wants to pros­e­cute those in­volved in the "act of ter­ror" as it is in "Islamabad's in­ter­est to re­solve the mat­ter.” Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter said he has asked for the sta­tus of the case which is be­ing heard in an anti-ter­ror­ism court in his coun­try.

On Novem­ber 26, 2008, 10 heav­ily-armed Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) ter­ror­ists sailed into Mum­bai and at­tacked mul­ti­ple places in the city, in­clud­ing the iconic Taj Ho­tel. In the co­or­di­nated ter­ror at­tacks which shook the en­tire world, 166 peo­ple were killed and 300 were in­jured.

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