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PM: Enough proof, Pak must act now
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, January 17
India had given enough proof that the terrorists responsible for the 26/11 attacks on India’s commercial capital were from Pakistan and now it was for Islamabad to bring them to book, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today.

Calling for a crackdown on terrorism emanating from its soil, the Prime Minister, who was addressing a gathering on the occasion of an awards function organised by a business newspaper here, said Pakistan needed to take more steps to combat the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.

“Pakistan has admitted that the arrested terrorist is their national. Now, we expect them to take all the consequent steps against those who planned and executed the horrific crime,” he said.

Singh said the neighboring country had promised to provide details of its investigations into the terror attacks in the next few days. “I urge the Pakistani authorities to come out with a full and complete disclosure of all the facts surrounding the case, without attempts at denial, diversion or obfuscation,” he said.

Also, the Prime Minister said India expected the international community to throw its weight behind the investigations into the terror strikes.

“Apart from hundreds of Indians, civilians from 21 countries were either killed or injured in the attacks. We expect the international community to use its full weight to see that the investigations are pursued vigorously and brought to a speedy and logical conclusion, and that terror groups operating from Pakistan are completely shut down,” he said.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister assured Mumbaiites that the government would spare no effort to ensure that such attacks did not recur in future.

“The choice of Mumbai as the target of this barbaric attack was not without deeper intent. It was meant to be an attack on our very nationhood. Mumbai is the best-known symbol of free, pluralistic, dynamic and cosmopolitan India. That is precisely why the terrorists chose to attack it,” Singh said.

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