Siddharth Varadarajan

‘26/11 conspirators still roaming free’

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a press conference here on Wednesday that people who were named as part of the conspirators in the Mumbai terror attack were still free in Pakistan.

Asked what else Pakistan needed to do since some of the perpetrators were already on trial in Rawalpindi, the Prime Minister said these people “are roaming around freely.”

“I do not want to name any one individually,” he added, “but that's the reality and these are facts which are borne out not by our investigations and our intelligence but by the intelligence of friendly countries.”

Dr. Singh rejected the suggestion that India was “bringing its complaints” to the United States. “Ultimately, we have to tackle problems we face on our own but international opinion does matter,” he said. “If anyone asks how bilateral relations between India and Pakistan are going, I explain our perspective, which is an open secret. I have said more than once that if [Pakistan] takes credible steps to bring the perpetrators of the horrible crime of 26/11 to book — and that's the minimum we expect…we would be very happy to begin talking once again about all our issues.”

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