New Delhi: In an apparent attempt to assuage India’s concern over its perceived Pakistan tilt and waning support on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the US on Wednesday asked Pakistan to bring 26/11 mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to justice.
In a statement, the US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer asked Pakistan to act on terrorism saying, “All people held in Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attacks should be brought to justice.”
Assuring India of US’ support in its fight against terrorism, the newly appointed Ambassador said, “We stand firmly with India in the fight against terrorism.” Terming terrorism a common enemy, Roemer said that US is committed to the shutting down of terror networks in Pakistan.
Citing the FBI deposition in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, the ambassador said it shows that US is a partner of India.
The statement comes at a time when there is growing concern in New Delhi that the Obama administration, in its quest to win Pakistan’s wholehearted support for the war in Afghanistan, is pushing India to make extraordinary concessions to Pakistan, emboldening Islamabad to adopt casual approach on the Mumbai attacks case.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on August 03 let off the Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks citing lack of evidence.
The court adjourned the hearing of Hafiz Saeed indefinitely based on the admission from the Pakistani government officials, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, that their government had no concrete evidence to prosecute the JuD chief.