India failed to take action against Pakistan for 26/11, in addition to the UN

he 9/11 attacks and the 26/11 Mumbai attack were both planned, sponsored, and carried out from Pakistan, yet the international community still refuses to

India failed to take action against Pakistan for 26/11, in addition to the UN
More than 140 innocent Indians and 26 foreign nationals were gunned down in cold blood by 10 Pakistani terrorists in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.(AFP)

The 9/11 attacks and the 26/11 Mumbai attack were both planned, sponsored, and carried out from Pakistan, yet the international community still refuses to label it a "terror state." India has held up a mirror to the UN's top leadership for failing to take action against Pakistani terrorists and its deep state for the 26/11 Mumbai attack during the ongoing special meeting of the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee in Mumbai and Delhi today. It is a fact that the UNSC failed to name the main organisers and perpetrators of the 26/11 attack, including Sajid Mir and Abdul Rehman Makki of Lashkar-e-Toiba, as international terrorists in the 1267 Sanctions Committee because China, Pakistan's "iron brother" and a permanent UNSC member, exercised its veto.The primary financier of the organisation is Makki, the brother-in-law of LeT emir Hafiz Saeed. In addition to Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi of LeT, Sajid Mir served as the operational commander of the terror attack.

The FBI and Justice Department did not share the bank information of LeT's Daood Gilani, aka David Coleman Headley, a US citizen of Pakistani descent who conducted thorough reconnaissance of the targets for the strike on behalf of ISI and the terror group, despite the fact that up to six US citizens died in the attack. The Headley bank records will reveal the identities of the Pakistanis and Americans who funded the terror scout.

However, the US counterpart of India's external agency provided India with the actionable intelligence for the attack, and senior FBI officials who were specially flown from the US to Mumbai to conduct the post-attack global investigations worked together with the Intelligence Bureau team led by Tapan Deka, who is now Director of IB. While India has every right to criticise Pakistan for the 26/11 strikes, the UPA-I government was found short in its ability to exact revenge on Islamabad for the heinous crime that resulted in the murder of 166 unarmed civilians.

In a joint statement they released eight months after the massacre, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on Pakistan to take action against the 26/11 perpetrators. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani is a distant cousin of Daood David Headley Gilani. The joint statement also mentioned India's participation in tense Baluchistan in bilateral relations for the first time.

The UPA-I government resisted taking prompt action despite India's clear evidence of Pakistani terror organisation and deep state participation in the 26/11 attacks because it was concerned that a unilateral Indian military response might spark a full-scale conflict with Pakistan. The persistent discussion of the nuclear flashpoint idea in the western media and by their supporters in India further eroded the resolve of the Indian administration. Many things are still unresolved 14 years after Pakistani terrorists burned Mumbai's famous hotel and spilt innocent blood on the city's streets. After US intelligence alerted on Al Husseini ship carrying terrorists to India, why did the Indian Navy and national security planners not proclaim a red alert and national emergency on the west coast? Why wasn't the NSG team stationed in Mumbai beforehand to enable a quicker response to any emergency involving terrorism? After receiving the alarm, why did the Navy and Coast Guard permit Indian fishing trawlers to sail off the coasts of Gujarat and Maharashtra?

Given that the Coast Guard and Indian Navy were conducting Defense of Gujarat exercises at the time, there are a lot of troubling issues. Equally troubling is the fact that Sureesh Mehta, who was then the navy chief admiral, was named ambassador to New Zealand after resigning from his position. The international response was also subpar. Although the Anglo-Saxon powers talk about territorial integrity, sovereignty, and the rule of law, Pakistan and China do not share these values. In addition to continuing to violate international law by sending trained jihadists and backing fifth columnists to India to commit mayhem and carnage, Pakistan also illegally controls the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

China utilises Pakistan to violently engage India while also illegitimately occupying the Aksai Chin region of Ladakh since the 1950s.

The idea is that Pakistan would keep attacking India unless the New Delhi government increases the political and financial costs for Islamabad. The rulers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi GHQ have been disturbed by the surgical strikes in 2016 and the Balakot strikes in 2019, as well as the suspension of bilateral dialogue since 2016.

Osama bin Laden, the primary architect of September 11, 2001, was assassinated by US forces in Pakistan, and Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri sought refuge in the Islamic Republic before being killed by a US drone strike in Kabul this year. Pakistan has since established itself as a haven for terrorists. Like his current successor, Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada, the founder and first leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, was protected in Pakistan. The number of terrorists in Pakistan is virtually unlimited, but the international community continues to believe that the two nation doctrine is to blame. Building Indian deterrence is the solution to Pakistani terrorism and those who support it, not begging with a toothless international talk shop.

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