US to press Pak to bring Mumbai attacks culprits to justice, says Sewall

New Delhi : US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall said on Wednesday that Washington would continue to press Pakistan to help India to bring to justice the culprits behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

“We will continue to press Pakistan to take the fight to all terrorist networks in the border region and do everything in their power to help India achieve justice for the Mumbai attacks, which claimed both Indian and American lives,” Sewall said at the Vivekananda International Foundation.

“India and the United States, both free, inclusive, and democratic societies, face a similar test in overcoming the threat of terrorism while staying true to our most cherished values,” she added.

She said that India and the US have been brought together by the shared trauma of terrorism, from the attacks against the United States on 9/11 to the attacks in Mumbai on 26/11, to the recent bloodshed in Pathankot earlier this month.

“We strongly condemn these attacks and express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We recognize that terror is too often on India’s doorstep,” she added.

She said the endurance of terrorism and the rise of groups like ISIS underscore the limits of conventional approaches and tools, insisting on a need for a broader, bolder and smarter approach to turn back terrorism.

She said that extremists want a clash of civilizations and they only look forward to terrorise the people.

“Throughout history they have sought to divide and to demonize. But the success and prosperity of societies like ours, free, diverse, and enriched by the contributions of all, fly in the face of everything they believe. As we face violent extremists, we must reject their terms of engagement and stay true to ourselves, by upholding religious freedom, ensuring legal protection for all, and speaking out against discrimination and hatred of all stripes,” Sewalls said. (ANI)