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Terror planners should stand trial in ICJ: U.S. lawmaker

Washington: Casting doubts about Pakistan’s sincerity in holding the trial of its nationals suspected to have been involved in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, an influential Republican lawmaker says they should be tried before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.

“There is no reason for us to be secure in the belief that the planners [of the attacks] would face justice [in Pakistan],” Ed Royce from California, a ranking member of the House Sub-committee on Terrorism and Non-proliferation, said complaining that terrorists who planned the attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 were let off after the initial arrest.

Mr. Royce told PTI that all those involved in planning these attacks should be transferred to face trial before the international community in The Hague.

Pakistan stuck to the position that if anyone from the country was found involved in the Mumbai attack he would be tried only in the country as per its laws and that the suspects would not be handed over to any country.

“So I think, when you have a pattern of behaviour, which Pakistanis exhibited in the past, by initially arresting the perpetrators and those involved in the planning after the attack on the Parliament and then releasing them, there is no reason for us to be secure in the belief that these planners would face justice,” Mr. Royce said.

“These [Mumbai] attacks are crimes against humanity. The realisation that a terror training camp was being maintained and churning out terrorists across, has left us all with the realisation that we have to leverage Pakistan to close down those camps.”

“Those terrorists [behind Mumbai] should be convicted and locked in a cage for the rest of their lives.”

Mr. Royce hoped the Obama administration would back the lawmakers in Congress to make funding to Pakistan conditional. — PTI

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