Gurdaspur/New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Central Home Minister Raj Nath Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh have all stated that India will never forget the 26/11 terrorist attack. The Indian leaders have warned that although the incident has completed 10 years, Pakistan is still answerable for this as the wounds are still gaping and bleeding.
President Ram Nath Kovind denounced the cowardly act and said that the country will never forget the attack. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, while speaking at the function to lay the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor, showered heavy criticism on Pakistan. Venkaiah Naidu said, ‘The international community needs to unite against terrorism and boycott those countries supporting it.’ While speaking at the same function Capt. Amrinder Singh criticised that killing innocent people in Mumbai was not bravery but a cowardly act.
Capt. Amrinder Singh warned Pakistani defence chief General Bajwa, ‘I am also a soldier and can guess what is in the soldier’s mind.’ Capt. Amrinder Singh reminded Pakistan that India has a larger military than Pakistan and asked, ‘Does the Army teach to carry out such cowardly attacks?’ The Punjab Chief Minister retorted, ‘if Pakistan is repeatedly going to carry out such attacks, India will have to seriously think about it. India is fully prepared for any eventuality.’
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj drew attention to the fact that the kin of the victims of the 26/11 attacks are still awaiting justice. Foreign Minister Swaraj expressed confidence that India will ensure justice for all these people and will emerge victorious in the war against terror. The Foreign Ministry also made a demand that Pakistan should stop the double standards policy regarding terrorism, at the official level. Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh paid homage to the victims of the 26/11 attacks and saluted the soldiers of the security forces and the police who were martyred in the attack.
Severe anger is being expressed from all over the country towards Pakistan on completion of ten years of the attack on Mumbai. As Pakistan has not given up on its pro-terrorist policies till date, a vitriolic reaction, ‘Nothing can be expected from Pakistan in this matter’, is being heard from all over the country. The media, analysts and the common people are demanding an aggressive action from the Indian government as Pakistan has not been made to pay the true price for these terrorist acts.
Pakistan is making efforts to initiate a bilateral dialogue with India with the announcement of the Kartarpur Corridor. It has become necessary for Pakistan to initiate a dialogue with India to improve its tarnished image as a terrorist country. Therefore, although Pakistan keeps proposing talks with India it is not willing to change its pro-terrorism policies. At the same time, the Pakistani military is not willing to participate in the counter terrorism activities along the line of control in Jammu-Kashmir. India has therefore taken the stand that Pakistan should first fulfil the responsibility of creating a conducive atmosphere for the talks and only then the talks can happen.
Following this, the new Pakistani government is trying to bring pressure from the United States and the international community to try and make India come to the discussion table. Pakistan was attempting to create political pressure using the Kartarpur Corridor. At the same time, the Khalistan separatists also seem to have become active in the Pakistan border areas. Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder Sign has blown the cover of this Pakistani conspiracy. Pakistan’s malicious intentions in the politics involved in the Kartarpur Corridor were exposed because of the direct allegations made by him. Pakistan hopes that the Kartarpur Corridor function would make India forget the memories of the 26/11 attacks were destroyed, as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Capt. Amrinder Singh criticised Pakistan at the same foundation-stone laying ceremony.