26/11 Mumbai Attacks: A turning point in Indo-Pak ties

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The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the epicenter of the 2008 terrorist attacks, which killed several people in Mumbai.

Highlight

  • In November 2008, 10 terrorists entered Mumbai from Pakistan via sea and opened fire
  • At least 166 people including 18 security personnel killed in multi-target attacks
  • Since then, India has been claiming that the terrorists were members of Lashkar.

November 26, 2021 will mark the 13th anniversary of the worst ever terror attack in India, which indefinitely changed the dynamics and relations between India and Pakistan.

Today when India is looking towards Pakistan and demanding punishment for the guilty, Pakistan is denying all the allegations.

In November 2008, 10 terrorists entered India via sea route from Pakistan and opened fire indiscriminately, targeting several important locations in Mumbai. The multi-targeted attacks killed at least 166 people, including at least 18 security personnel, and injured several others.

Since then, India has been claiming that the terrorists were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and that the mastermind of the attacks was from Karachi.

India has backed its claims by sharing dozens of dossiers with Pakistan, demanding action against terrorist groups and its leaders, including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who they say were the masterminds behind the attacks.

On the other hand, Pakistan has been rejecting India’s claims, stating that members of banned organizations have been investigated by Pakistani courts, which have repeatedly given them clean chit, that too after considering the dossiers , which India claimed were irrefutable evidence.

While Pakistan has been maintaining that the matter is being heard and investigated by Pakistani courts, any decision on this will have to come from the courts, which emphasize that claims of involvement of individuals and the Pakistani military establishment should be considered. Evidence is needed to support.

Even a decade after the horrific attacks, memories of that day still haunt the families of those who lost their lives.

It would not be wrong to say that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks changed the overall outlook of both the countries towards each other, as India accused Pakistan while Pakistan continued to deny all allegations.

The two countries have now drawn a red line, calling for the two to take pre-emptive steps to look at the possibility of any opportunity to sit down and hold talks.

Pakistan puts the Kashmir dispute at the top of its agenda, while India makes seeking punishment for the masterminds of the 26/11 terror attacks as its top priority.

Since 26/11, both Pakistan and India have witnessed bloody skirmishes along the Line of Control (LoC) and the working border, while both sides have accused each other of supporting, harboring and harboring terrorist organizations for carrying out terrorist activities. accused of providing facilities. Country.

With no hope of any normalcy between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, and both sides refusing to take the first step towards building trust, those who lost their loved ones await justice. .

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