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Mike Pompeo slams Pakistan, asks why justice for the victims of 26/11 not delivered

Pompeo said, “It is an affront to the victims and their families that those who planned the Mumbai attacks have still not been convicted,”

Mumbai: On Tuesday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requested justice for the victims of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai after Pakistan arrested the mastermind earlier this year.

While addressing media on the 11th anniversary of the terror attack that killed more than 160 people including six Americans, Pompeo said the “brutality of the attack shocked the whole world.”

Pompeo said, “It is an affront to the victims and their families that those who planned the Mumbai attacks have still not been convicted,”

Pakistan arrested Hafiz Saeed in July, who heads the UN-designated terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, shortly before Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the United States.

Hafiz Saeed lived freely in Pakistan since the attack, enraging India which demanded his prosecution. The United States also put a $10 million bounty on his head.

Hafiz Saeed has denied involvement in the 26/11 attack, which targeted emblematic sites of Mumbai including the Taj Hotel as well as a Jewish center.

“It is an affront to the victims and their families that those who planned the Mumbai attack have still not been convicted,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Media at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday.

Out of the 166 people, six victims were the US nationals.

Alice Wells, the US administration’s point-person for South Asia, tweeted: “The United States honors their memories and is committed to seeing those accused of these horrific acts brought to justice.”

Gilad Cohen, deputy director-general for Asia in Israel’s foreign ministry, said his country stands with India and remembers the victims, including six Israeli nationals.

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