In what could be seen as a shot in the arm of India, the US administration on Saturday affirmed that it wants to see the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attack brought to justice. The US state department further stated that US will do anything to support India in this regard. More than 160 people were killed and over 300 were left wounded in a serial attack by ten gunmen, all of whom were Pakistan nationals. Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorist caught alive, was put to trial by Mumbai court and executed in November 2012.
“We want to see the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack brought to justice and obviously continue to want to do anything we can to support Indian authorities in that task,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said briefing the press late on Friday.
One of the accused in deadly terror case, David Coleman Headley had this week turned approver after being pardoned by a Mumbai court. Headley is currently serving 35-year prison sentence in the US for his role in the Mumbai terror attack.
When told that Headley may provide a great deal of information about the attack, Kirby said, “I don’t have anything specific and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on an ongoing court case like that anyway.”
John Kirby further said that India is a very close friend and partner, given both the nations have been target of terror strikes in the recent past.
“I think it’s self-evident in recent years that both our countries have fallen victim to terrorist attacks and continue to need to be on to be vigilant about terrorism perpetrated against our citizens, and so it makes perfect sense that we would look for ways to cooperate more closely and to improve the flow of information between our two countries,” he said.
“I can tell you that that relationship remains strong, remains vibrant, and the Secretary’s interest is very clear in making sure that the relationship continues to strengthen and grow going forward across a wide range of issues, not just security issues,” the State department spokesperson added.
(With inputs from the PTI)