26/11 attack: No dilution of Indias position, says MEA
"It is our expectation that all those responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attack will be brought to justice expeditiously. This position is shared by the international community at large, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed during this horrific attack," the Ministry of External Affairs said here.
Noting that India has embarked on a dialogue process with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations, the ministry said, "This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai terrorist attack."
This issue figured prominently in the recently concluded Home Secretary-level talks as also in various recent interactions with the Government of Pakistan, the official spokesperson said, adding, "Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard".
The remarks came in response to a question regarding the purported statement made by Pakistani-American terrorist Tahawwur Hussain Rana in a US Court.
Rana, the Pakistani-Canadian accused in the Mumbai terror case, has claimed in court documents that his "alleged illegal acts of providing material support to terrorists — were done at the behest of the Pakistani government and the ISI, not the Lashkar terrorist organisation."
Rana`s disclosures have brought to the fore India`s suspicion that the Pakistani government and the ISI had a role in the 26/11 carnage that left 166 dead.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had yesterday said that India will take up with Pakistan the claims made by Rana.
"We are in constant touch with the Pakistan Government through our diplomatic channels," Krishna had said.
However, he had made it clear that the dialogue process with Pakistan will continue.
"These are two different aspects. Peace talks will go on, cricket matches will go on and simultaneously our relentless efforts will continue to bring to justice all those responsible for the heinous crime against India in Mumbai," Krishna had said.
"There are no contradictions in that position," he had said when asked whether the revelations made by Rana would have an impact on India-Pakistan peace talks.
On Rana`s claim that the ISI and Pakistan government officials were masterminds of 26/11, the External Affairs Minister had said, "Things will have to be verified… It is our hope and expectation that those responsible for the attacks have to be brought to justice. The US has publicly committed to that position.