Terror attack similar to 26/11 with footprints in Pak will lead to war: Experts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Nov 2018 14:16:14


By Lalit K Jha,


Some 166 people, including Americans, were killed in the attack carried out by 10 Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists in 2008

ANOTHER major terrorist attack in India of the magnitude similar to the 26/11 strike originating from Pakistan could easily escalate into a regional war, scholars, former diplomats and US officials have warned ahead of the 10th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai terror attack.

Some 166 people, including Americans, were killed in the attack carried out by Pakistan-based 10 Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and hanged after handed down death sentence by an Indian court. Perpetrators of the 26/11 attack, including its mastermind and banned Jamat-ud Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed, continue to roam freely in Pakistan, indicating that Islamabad is not serious in bringing them to justice.

The JuD is believed to be the front group for the LeT. The US has offered a USD 10 million bounty for Saeed.
The 26/11 attack case has entered into the 10th year but none of its seven suspects in Pakistan has been punished yet, showing that the case had never been in its priority list.


Kasab lawyers yet to get fees


TWO lawyers who defended Ajmal Kasab in the 2008 Mumbai attack case on the directions of the Bombay High Court are yet to get their legal fees from the Maharashtra Government.While the State Government says they have not submitted any bills, the lawyers say that state prosecutors are not supposed to.The two lawyers — Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah — were tasked with defending Kasab, hanged to death on November 21, 2012 for killing over 166 people in Mumbai, by the Maharashtra State Legal Services Department.

Time to move on: Leopold Cafe owner


THE popular restaurant and bar on Colaba Causeway in south Mumbai was one of the first sites to be targeted during the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008.
Ten years later, owners of the iconic Leopold Cafe, a symbol of the city’s resilience and cosmopolitan ways, feel it is time to move on from the grim reminders of the attacks.
The proprietors and many patrons feel the restaurant was a star attraction in its own right, much before it earned the attention from the book Shantaram, and the 26/11 attacks which left eight persons including two staff members dead.
“Enough has been spoken and written about the 26/11 attacks. It is now the tenth year since the attacks and it is time to put it all behind our backs. Theres nothing to say any more,” says Farhang Jehani.
Farhang and his brother Farzad are co-owners of the restaurant. “We were up and running on December 1 2008, just four days after the attack. There is nothing more to it. There is no point of these anniversaries or anything and that is why I have decided it is enough. I will not say one more thing on 26/11 anymore,” he told PTI.
Leopold lost six customers and two waiters, Peer Pasha
and Hidayat Kazi, in the
terror attack.
Pashas brother was also a waiter at Leopold and was present there that night. He returned to work a month later.