For, India has failed to secure Headley extradition
The clues to the larger conspiracy behind 26/11 with direct links to Pakistan will never be known as India has failed to get the United States to extradite David Coleman Headley, the Bharatiya Janata Party said here on Friday.
Headley, who was arrested in the U.S. and who has pleaded guilty to all charges brought against him, including his role in the conspiracy that led to the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, would not be available for custodial interrogation by the Indian police, the BJP regretted.
Party spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy, however, agreed that the Indian criminal-justice system had a poor record of investigation and prosecution. Yet, he felt, without Headley's trial in India, the facts about the Pakistani limb of the conspiracy will not come out in the open.
While the U.S. might be an ally of India in the war against terrorism, on the western front of Pakistan, Washington viewed Islamabad as its valuable friend in the same war, the BJP said. The party charged the U.S. with adopting double standards — one for the September 11, 2001 attacks on its soil and the other for 26/11. Some Indians died in the attack on the World Trade Center, New York, but that did not lead to the prosecution of the guilty in India. However, the death of some Americans in 26/11 was used by the U.S. as an excuse for refusing Headley's extradition, the BJP said.
The party charged the Manmohan Singh government with justifying the U.S. approach instead of expressing concern.
The party fears that Indian investigations into 26/11, in which Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab was the only gunman caught alive, were limited and the magnitude of the conspiracy would never come to light.