Pakistani security forces seal Jamaat-ud-Dawa office in Karachi
Daylife/AP Photo by Fareed Khan
The Pakistan government has shut down five training camps of the outlawed Jamaatud Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba, banned their seven publications and blocked all their websites.
The authorities have detained 124 people, several leaders and officials of the organisations among them.
Addressing a news conference, the Prime Ministerís Adviser on Interior Affairs, Mr Rehman Malik, assured India that Pakistan would do its utmost to bring the people involved in the Mumbai attacks to justice.
Unveiling details of a massive crackdown, Mr Malik said that training camps had been closed down in Punjab and Azad Kashmir.
Assuring India that sincere efforts were being made to take all non-state actors involved in the attacks to the task, he urged New Delhi to provide access to Pakistani investigators to the scenes of the crimes and jointly investigate the incident so that all those involved could be brought to justice.
“In all such cases the scene of the crime is the starting point from where the investigation is initiated and leads to the culprits behind the crimes are always found from there,” he said.
“We have to prove to the world that India and Pakistan stand together against terrorists,” he said.
Important statements – followed by critical acts – in my opinion. India has responded by tempering their original request for extradition of the suspects in the Mumbai attacks.
This terrible episode may – just maybe – turn out to be an opportunity for solid growth and understanding between the two neighbors.