NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan confessed to worldwide media Washigton post that banned terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba, led by Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, was key accused of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
He acknowledged that the attacks were “an act of terrorism”. PM Khan said he's asked his government find out the current status of the case.
With an interview to American daily The Washinton Post, journalist Lally Weymouth questioned PM Khan, “India really wants to see the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai bombing prosecuted. The mastermind, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a leader of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was released on bail in Pakistan while a nine-year trial has dragged on for six other suspects, with no results.”
To this question PM Khan answered, “We also want something done about the bombers of Mumbai. I have asked our government to find out the status of the case. Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism.”
The relationship between Washington and Islamabad tensed, especially after President Donald Trump, as announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August last year cornered Pakistan for offering safe havens to "agents of chaos" that has taken life of Americans in Afghanistan.
In May this year, ex Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had admitted that Pakistan-based terror groups were accountable for 2008 Mumbai blasts.
Addressing in an interview to Pakistan media Dawn, Sharif stated "Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross-border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Why can't we complete trial?"
About 10 heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists forced their way into the finacncial capital Mumbai on November 26, 2008 and executed coordinated shooting and bombing. The assault in Mumbai lasted until November 29.