The arrest of Zabiuddin Ansari, one of the main accused in the 26/ 11 Mumbai terror attacks, indeed marks a visible shift in the geopolitical realities of time when socio-religious and cultural affinities are making way for harsh politico economic priorities (“It pays to be patient,” June 28). The spirit of cooperation displayed by Saudi Arabia will not only strengthen the case against Ansari but also encourage other nations realise the need to develop an integral approach to counter terrorism. While Pakistan is unlikely to accept what Ansari says, its credibility in fighting terrorism stands tarnished yet again.
Ansari’s arrest is a significant development in unravelling the conspiracy behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Credit must be given to the relentless efforts of the investigative agencies which pursued Ansari. The arrest marks improvement in New Delhi’s diplomatic relations with Riyadh. The editorial is right in calling for a transparent trial of Ansari. The challenge of terrorism from across the border is by no means over and India should always be on guard.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan,