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EU parliamentarians ask Imran what Pakistan has done against 26/11 culprits

“What action have you taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba…known to have carried out the multiple shooting and bombing attacks that happened in Mumbai in 2008?”

This was the poser which two members of the European Parliament have posed to Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan in a letter on November 24. The two EU parliamentarians are Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki and Italian MEP Fulvio Martusciello 

According to EU Chronicle, they further asked, “what action has, and is, Pakistan taking against terrorist groups operating within the country in general?” 

On November 26, 2008, ten terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. At least 166 people, including foreigners, were killed and over 300 others were injured in the attacks. In these gruesome attacks, nine terrorists were killed and the lone survivor, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was caught and was sentenced to death at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2012. On November 11, 2012, Kasab was hanged in Yerawada Jail in Pune.

Pakistani authorities continue to deny culpability and are yet to take action on the multiple dossiers shared by India.

The two parliamentarians added in the letter that as “European politicians, we are committed to fighting against terrorism and extremist violence. We all have a responsibility to condemn terrorism and bring to justice those who perpetrate such actions.”

“Subsequent documented evidence from United States intelligence reports, from India’s intelligence services including DNA, photographs and identification of the origins of the attackers; and an admission by Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s of the country’s involvement in the crimes; highlight the engagement of accomplishes in Pakistan. However, to date, the senior coordinators and promoters who orchestrated the attacks remain at large,” they added.

As Europe also suffers from the impacts of horrific acts of increasingly radical and extremist jihadi attacks, the politicians said it was “essential that justice is served on those who have carried out, instructed or supported such terrorist activities. It is equally important that leaders of countries publicly condemn these acts of violence and proceed to ensure justice is done for the victims, by apprehending and sentencing the perpetrators.”

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