26/11 attacks: PM Modi pays homage to victims, security personnel

Remembering victims of deadly 26/11 attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his maiden address at SAARC Summit tweeted, ' Day to reaffirm our commitment to combat menace of terror.'

'We remember the horrific terror attacks in Mumbai on this day in 2008 and pay homage to the innocent men and women who lost their lives,' Modi tweeted, adding that the nation 'salutes the brave security personnel who laid down their lives to protect several lives on that fateful day. They are our true heroes.'

In perhaps an indication of what his scheduled address to the 8-nation Summit would cover, Modi said, 'Today is a day to reaffirm our commitment to work together to combat the menace of terror and uproot it from the face of humankind.'

Meanwhile, it was reported that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the onus on resolving ties between the India and Pakistan lies solely with India. He was speaking to reporters on board his aircraft to Nepal.

Pakistan newspaper, The Daily Times reported, 'Now the ball is in India’s court,' Sharif said while referring to India’s unilateral decision to call off Foreign Secretary-level talks, which were due in August this year. Talking to reporters aboard his flight from Islamabad to Kathmandu, he said the decision to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks was taken by the Prime Ministers of both the countries, and should not have been called off unilaterally. 'These talks should not have been cancelled unilaterally,' he added.

For long, Pakistan response to the dastardly attacks has been the same. They have been repeatedly maintaining that they are the biggest victims of terrorism. India terms Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed as an 'evil mastermind' of the Mumbai terror attack, which Pakistan vehemently denies.

India has since long been demanding the deportation of Saeed from Pakistan so that he can be tried for his involvement in the Mumbai attacks. However, Pakistan has refused to do so stating that there are no credible evidence relating his involvement in the attack.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that India has refused to hold talks with Pakistan during SAARC Summit.

Courtesy Niti Central

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