India marks Mumbai attack anniversary

New Delhi continues to pressure Pakistan to punish the masterminds behind the deadly attacks five years ago.

Pakistani PM Sharif (L) promised his Indian counterpart at the UN to pursue those responsible [File: Getty Images]

India is marking the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks with the masterminds still at large, and New Delhi continuing to pressure Pakistan to bring the accused to book.

The attacks in India’s commercial capital, began on November 26, 2008, and lasted for three days, killing at least 166 people and wounding 308 others.

India says the attacks targeting five locations across Mumbai were carried out by armed groups based in Pakistan.

One of the culprits Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani national, was caught during the attack and sentenced to death by an Indian court in August 2012. He was hanged three months later.

India has demanded from Pakistan that the people behind the attack be brought to justice and that Islamabad waste no more time in completing the trial of the accused.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, at a meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September, promised to take action against the culprits behind the attack.

On Tuesday, a spokesman of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, said it was important that the perpetrators of the terrible crime be brought to justice, according to the PTI news agency.

The agency quoted the spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, as saying that it was a “terrible crime, an awful terrorist attack.”

Source: Al Jazeera