India uses Mumbai site to share details of Pakistan’s role in 11/26 attacks


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea that an informal opening session of the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) should be held at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai sent a strong message to India on October 28 .

It was very clear and very strong: that the world must do a lot to bring the perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice.

As desired by Modi, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel was chosen as it was one of the main targets of a 10-member Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) team which unleashed a wave of killings of three days in November 2008. .

In a solemn ceremony, members of the UNSC, present and incoming, joined by UN officials paid their respects at the 26/11 Memorial at the hotel – before External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar repeated that the task of bringing the mastermind and perpetrators to justice remains unfinished.

“We have worked hard to bring the mastermind and perpetrators of the 11/26 attack to justice. This task remains unfinished. The meeting of the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee in this venue is special and meaningful,” Jaishankar said, mincing words to express India’s concern.

In other words, India wanted the world to know that its deep disappointment with China’s suspension of a proposal to outlaw five Pakistan-based terrorists, including the son of the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba ( LeT), Hafiz Saeed, only made up his mind. only stronger.
The Pakistani terrorists entered Mumbai after arriving in boats and wreaked havoc by carrying out coordinated attacks in several locations in Mumbai.

Besides the Taj Hotel, the other locations of the attack were Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House, and the Oberoi Trident.

Nearly 166 people were killed in these attacks, including civilians and police, and more than 300 were injured. The attacks began on November 26 and lasted four days until November 29.

Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving assailant, was fortunately arrested and executed on November 21, 2012, after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in August of the same year.

A photo of him holding an AK-47 at the main train station has become unchanging proof of Pakistan’s involvement.

Jaishankar, who laid a wreath at the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Hotel, said the main conspirators and orchestrators of the terror attacks remain at large and unpunished. The international body has “unfortunately” been unable to act in some cases when it comes to outlawing certain terrorists for “political considerations”, he said.

“Fourteen years ago, Mumbai witnessed one of the most shocking terrorist attacks of our time. 140 Indian nationals and 26 citizens of 23 other countries lost their lives in four days. In fact, the whole city was taken hostage by terrorists who entered from the other side of the border,” Jaishankar said.

KS Kang, general manager of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at the time, recounted the chaos that unfolded. “That evening there were 2,000 unarmed guests and staff against four heavily armed terrorists at this very location. My staff… risked their lives to save our guests, assisted by some brave local police over the next 10-12 hours until we received help from the NSG (National Security Guard).

Indian officials later revealed complex details about Pakistan’s role in the attacks during the special meeting of the UNSC’s counter-terrorism committee during the meeting.

Pankaj Thakur, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, informed delegates that the locations of the attack were chosen for their iconic status, high civilian attendance and the presence of foreigners. He explained how the terrorists were trained at different locations in Pakistan and were in constant contact with their LeT handlers throughout the attack.

Thakur pointed out that Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Sajid Mir, Abdul Al Qafa, Abdul Aziz and ISI Major Iqbal played key roles in the 11/26 terrorist attacks. Revealing the role of the Pakistani military establishment, Thakur explained that Major Iqbal was involved in all aspects of the attack and provided funds and equipment for the reconnaissance exercise.

An audio of Major Iqbal was released in which he is heard telling Chabad house terrorists to shoot people moving on rooftops. As Thakur said, “During the attack, the attackers were in constant contact with their LeT handlers through Call Phonics View IP services. View IP services were hired by users of [email protected] This ID mail was accessed by 3 IP addresses across the border Payment for View IP services was made in October and November 2008 from overseas sites The boat’s Yamaha engine was shipped from Japan to 2 sites across the border in September 2008. The 5 mobile phones seized from the attackers were shipped from the Nokia factory in China to 2 mobile phone companies based across the border.

Exposing Pakistan’s hypocrisy about Sajid Mir, Thakur said: “He was one of the architects of LeT’s Denmark project for a Danish newspaper, its editor and cartoonist in Copenhagen. Fortunately, the planned attack was foiled in time. He was long declared dead and even a DNA test was used to back up that claim. Through extensive international scrutiny, he was eventually arrested and convicted in a terrorist financing case. To date, however, its UN registration process remains pending.

Besides Jaishankar, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Gabonese Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkar Botchwey, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister Megi Fino and the delegation of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) headed by Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov were present.
Some victims of the Mumbai attacks also addressed the participants.

The conference will move to Delhi where the main theme of the special CTC meeting – countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorism – will be held on October 29.

India, which chairs the CTC until December, offered to hold the meeting in Mumbai and Delhi to shape a coordinated global response to terrorism. According to Ruchira Kamboj, India’s envoy to the UN, and Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these discussions will focus on three sub-themes – countering terrorist exploitation of information and communication, the Internet and social media, the fight against online terrorist financing and threats related to new payment technologies and fundraising methods, and threats posed by the use of unmanned aerial systems ( UAS) by terrorists.

Significantly, the CLC was formed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001. This is only the eighth time the body has met outside UN headquarters in New York. It is also the first time that a CLC meeting has been held in a foreign country since 2015, when a meeting was hosted by Spain.

“A global tribute to the victims of terrorism. A united front against the scourge of terrorism. In a solemn ceremony, members of the UNSC, present and incoming, joined by UN officials paid their respects at the 26/11 Memorial at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai,” the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted.

(The author is a seasoned journalist and well-known political commentator)

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