“We are committed to seeking justice on behalf of all of those victims. It is an issue that we continue to press in our discussions” with the nations in the region and with all the relevant authorities, she added. Given that nearly seven years have passed since the horrendous terror attacks that claimed over 160 lives and injured many others, Ms Biswal said bringing justice for the victims in terror attacks may appear to be an arduous and long-drawn process.
“It is not an easy path and it never has been for these kinds of acts. The (path) of justice sometimes is very long and arduous but we are committed to pursuing that no matter how long the journey and how arduous the task,” she said. Biswal underlined that the US on its part had offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals associated with the Mumbai attack.
Referring to the terror attack in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on July 27, Ms Biswal said the US has strongly condemned and expressed its concern over the attack. She said the US has expressed its cooperation with Indian authorities on any specific aspects of the incident. “But the broader issue is the increasing and deepening cooperation between our law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies and between our governments at large to address the broader problems of terrorism and extremism and our partnerships across the region to try to address these issues,” she said.
On media reports that the night vision device used by three terrorists in the Gurdaspur attack had US markings, Ms Biswal said the US is in conversation with Indian authorities to try to ascertain and trace the origins of the equipment found.
“We will continue to work very closely with the Indian government on those issues,” she said, adding that it is an ongoing process and the US is working with Indian authorities to address issues of concern emanating from the incident. (PTI)