26/11 attacks: Another Terror Attack Rattles Srinagar But Has Pakistan Mended Its Ways?

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As India mourns the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, three brave jawans martyred in yet another terror attack in Srinagar. Netizens righteously flood social media with tributes #NeverForgetNeverForgive

by Rishika Singh | November 26 |  04:30 p.m.

  • Twelve years have passed since the deadly 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the numerous dossiers shared by India have yet to take action in Pakistan.
  • Netizens proclaimed with the pledge #NeverForgetNeverForgive that the martyrs of the dastardly terror attack were those who really made history.

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, have left a scar on the city’s psyche, which it still struggles to deal with. It was on this day, 12 years ago, that a group of Pakistani terrorists who carried out a four-day massacre, taking more than 166 innocent lives, kept India’s financial capital captive.

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As the city observed the 12th anniversary of the nation’s bloodiest attack ever witnessed, tributes to the brave hearts— who lost their lives to defend a thousand more— flooded social media. Netizens proclaimed with the pledge #NeverForgetNeverForgive that the martyrs of the dastardly terror attack were those who really made history.

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Twelve years have passed since the deadly 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the numerous dossiers shared by India have yet to take action in Pakistan. So far, none of the prime suspects in the case have been charged.

On top of this, ANI reported that terrorists attacked military personnel in the HMT area on the outskirts of Srinagar City in the morning hours of the 12th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attacks martyring two security personnel. This comes only a week after the Nagrota incident in which the suspected terrorists who were killed on November 19 belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The National Investigation Agency, which investigated the conspiracy behind the incursion, filed an indictment against nine individuals: Hafiz Saeed, David Headley, Tahawwur Rana, two Pakistani military officers, Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali, Sajid Malik, Ilyas Kashmiri, and Abdul Rehman Hashmi.

Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only surviving terrorist taken into custody alive by the Mumbai Police, admitted that the assailants were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba as the Government of India announced that the perpetrators came from Pakistan. Indian government officials said the attacks were so professional that they had to have official support from Pakistani “agencies,” an allegation refuted by Pakistan.

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But notably, Pakistan’s lies were given away by the confessions of the captured terrorist. The insurmountable evidence led to the doors of the Pakistan Army: the terrorists’ military discipline and precision, records on their GPS phones, and the attackers’ maps. On January 7, 2009, however, Pakistan affirmed that the sole surviving terrorist of the attacks was indeed a Pakistani citizen.

Pakistan has made a U-turn on its promises, insisting on a lack of evidence— a claim that India argues has only revealed its malicious intentions and its weak track record in the war against terror. Moreover, Pakistan has just been hoping to turn the heat of international scrutiny on India in an effort to divert attention from itself by attempting to raise issues of militancy in Kashmir at various international forums.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

In addition, the fashion in which LeT leader Hafiz Saeed appeared before the court last week— in luxury SUVs manned by bodyguards— leaves no room for ambiguity that he is privy to ‘national secrets’ and his band of terrorists remain lucrative assets of the Pakistani army.

Terrorism has always been a crucial military and political issue in India since the 1980s though international media attention was grabbed most by the attacks on Mumbai, which also had many Westerner victims.

Starting in Punjab, trailed by the Kashmir Valley tumult, and with terrorist attacks in Indian cities, including Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Ajmer, Lucknow, and Jammu. And quite often the trail tends to lead to Pakistan.

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India now hopes that while the Mumbai terrorist attack trial in Pakistan appears to have gone off course, active cooperation with the FBI and the US State Department, along with the EU, could also help it to take up the mantle.

With the European Union’s MPs ring-fencing the Pakistani prime minister on the 26/11 attacks, global pressure is mounting on Imran Khan’s administration, the bedrock of whose policies remains to harbor terrorists. India maintains that Pakistan’s repeated transgressions are evidence of Pakistan’s hoodwinking and burying the evidence of the burgeoning terror factory on its soil to attack India and endanger its citizens.