Perhaps our anger and outrage at the U.S. acquitting Pakistan-Canadian businessman Tahawwur Husain Rana of charges that he played a direct role in the 26/11 Mumbai attack is justified (editorial & “Rana convicted of aiding Lashkar,” June 11). But we should not expect the U.S. jury to fight our war on terror. We must try to secure Rana's extradition and fight our own battle against terror.
Col. C.V. Venugopalan (retd.),
The editorial has exposed the loopholes in our judicial system. As said, India must now push Pakistan to act against the key perpetrators and complete the prosecution of the suspects it has arrested.
How can the judiciary circumvent the tragedy in Mumbai? Is it part of the policy to appease Pakistan? The subtle message is that America will never be a real friend of India.
America may have had its compulsions and obligations in covertly supporting Pakistan but, at the same time, it must realise that this verdict might now open the floodgates for the ISI and Pakistan-trained terrorists to pick targets in India. The trial should open the eyes of the Indian government. We require the guts of Indira Gandhi who, during the 1971 war, told the then U.S. President, “I have not come here to discuss a human calamity but a man-made calamity — Bangladesh!” Or, in the words of Sir Winston Churchill, who said, “Britain does not have any permanent friends or enemies. She has only permanent interests.”
By expressing disappointment and anger at Rana's acquittal (“India disappointed at acquittal,” June 11) we are only displaying our political immaturity. It is about time we learned not to trust “outsiders” to do our work.
What has happened bespeaks of the U.S.' callous disregard for attaining justice for the innocent victims of 26/11, some of whom were American citizens. It is the U.S.' marked discrimination in tackling terror that has proved to be disastrous in the global fight against terrorism.
Although we have to accept the verdict of the juries of the U.S. Federal Court, the government should pursue the matter of Rana's extradition with the U.S government.