Amid continuous denials by Pakistan governments, former prime minister of the country, Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday admitted terrorist organisations that are active in the country were behind the Mumbai terror attacks that claimed over 150 lives.
In an exclusive interview with ‘The Dawn’ newspaper, Sharif questioned why Pakistan was unable to complete trial in the case even after nine years.
“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” he said during the interview.
Ten heavily armed Lashkar terrorists had attacked multiple locations in Mumbai in November, 2008, in which 166 people were killed and nearly 400 others wounded. While nine of the ten terrorists were killed during the siege that lasted for three days, Ajmal Amir Kasab — the tenth terrorist — was arrested alive, put on trial and hanged four years later in November, 2012.