In a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, Members of European Parliament slammed Islamabad for not yet having brought to justice those who orchestrated the 2008 Mumbai terrorists’ attacks in India.
Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki and Italian MEP Fulvio Martusciello, in their letter stated: “On 26 November 2008, an extremist terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, based in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the Mumbai bombings in which 166 innocent people were murdered, nine attackers killed, and more than 300 individuals sustained injuries. 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.”
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.”
In a reminder to Khan, who delivered a eulogy to Osama Bin Laden, hailing him as a “martyr” in May this year, the two MEPs stated: “Terrorism is the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, often in pursuit of political or ideological aims. 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.”
Czarnecki and Martusciello also asked to know from Imran Khan what action has Pakistan “taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba, the extremist Islamist terrorist organisation, based in Pakistan, known to have carried out the multiple shooting and bombing attacks that happened in Mumbai in 2008?”.
They further asked, “what action has, and is, Pakistan taking against terrorist groups operating within the country in general?”