When will Pak punish masterminds of 26/11 terror attacks?

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Mumbai, Nov 26: India observed the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai Terror Attacks 2008 on Monday, Nov 26. However, Pakistan is yet to punish the masterminds of 26/11 terror attacks.

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Experts say the Pakistan government is yet to complete the prosecution and trial of the seven masterminds of the terror strikes. The seven masterminds been arrested, but the trial against them before an anti-terrorism tribunal in Rawalpindi is being repeatedly adjourned under some pretext or the other, thereby making a mockery of the trial.

"Pakistan has not taken any action against officers of its Inter-Services Intelligence, who helped the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) carry out the strikes. We find ourselves without any diplomatic or covert action options to force the Pakistani State to act against them. This dramatically illustrates our powerlessness in the face of the continued sponsorship of terrorism by Pakistan against Indian citizens on Indian territory," said B Raman, India's leading expert on counter-terrorism.

Raman said that Mohammad Sayeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and its political wing, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, continues to be a free man. Pakistan has repeatedly rejected all the evidence produced by New Delhi against him.

"The Lashkar's anti-India terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan continues to function unimpaired. Pakistan is not prepared to act against it," added Raman. Indian government has publicly expressed its disappointment over Pakistan's delay to delivering justice to 26/11 victims.

A senior defence official said that India was putting best efforts which were "persistent, consistent, clear and determined" to push Pakistan on 26/11.

JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind 26/11 is still moving freely in Pakistan. The official said there are issues about engagements on the wish list that India has given and there was a need to move forward on that before one can show any "further willingness to move forward. There are things on which you cannot do things in haste."

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