Responding to former Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani’s statement that Pakistan-based terror groups were involved in 26/11, Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said there is “nothing new” in his remark.
“India’s position is very well known and consistent. There is nothing new for us,” Rijiju said.
The 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was a classic "trans-border terrorist event" carried out by a group based in Pakistan, Pakistan's former National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani had said on Monday.
He made the statement during an address at the 19th Asian Security Conference being held at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi. This year's theme for the Conference is 'Combating Terrorism: Evolving an Asian Response'.
Here are some other key points from his address.
Fundamental challenges in countering terrorism are existing differences and conflicts b/w various nations and trust issues. Maj Gen Durrani.— IDSA, New Delhi (@IDSAIndia) March 6, 2017
Each nation should make sure that its territory should not be used by terrorist outfits. Maj Gen Durrani #19ASC— IDSA, New Delhi (@IDSAIndia) March 6, 2017
He also added that terrorism in contemporary times is a “serious global threat” that needs to be addressed.
After the event ended, reporters still prodded Durrani with more questions, and he replied:
I made a statement on Pakistan television which the Pakistan government did not like, and I was sacked. Is that not enough proof for you?
He further said:
I know for definite... that the govt of Pak or the ISI was not involved (in the 26/11 attack).
Durrani was sacked in 2009 from the position of the National Security Adviser to Pakistan when he confirmed Ajmal Kasab’s national identity as Pakistani to media.
Additionally, when asked about the ‘utility’ of Hafiz Saeed for Pakistan, he said:
He has no utility. I hope they punish him.
The Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju responded to the former NSA’s comment, and said that “India’s stand (on this) is very well known”.
Additionally, Christine Fair, a specialist in political and military affairs in South Asia, commented on Pakistan’s denial of extending support to terrorist outfits in India and Afghanistan.
Christine FairIt’s intolerable... it’s unacceptable to tell a room full of people who know better. It’s like these alternate facts, which by the way, the Trump administration has also apparently learnt from Pakistan.
She also added:
The Pakistanis are doing what they can to get away with doing, and right now they are getting away with murder.