India: Pakistan must be brought to justice

Jan. 21, 2009 at 9:31 AM
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NEW DELHI, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee says that Pakistan is still sponsoring international terrorism and must be disciplined.

Speaking Wednesday at a New Delhi conference, Mukherjee drew parallels between last November's terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, The Times of India reported.

"The magnitude of (the) terrorism attack in 9/11 has once again been manifested in the Mumbai attack … It is high time for the international community to bring states that allow the use of their territory for terror purposes to be brought to discipline," Mukherjee said.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accused official Pakistani agencies of having a hand in planning the Mumbai attacks, which it says were carried out by an outlawed Islamist fundamentalist group based in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan vehemently denies the accusations, saying it is investigating "non-state actors" in connection with the attacks Nov. 26-29.

British Foreign Minister David Milliband and other Western leaders have not echoed those accusations. The Press Trust of India reported Miliband has told Indian officials he is putting his faith in the Pakistani judicial system to bring the Mumbai terror planners to justice.

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