The United States is interested in fast and decisive justice for the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the US ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said on Thursday.
“The US is interested in justice. Swift and resolute justice. With respect to how India’s judicial system decides between life and death, that is something the US respects your judicial system, your process and your decision,” he said.
Roemer said he could never forget the trauma of “going to the Taj Hotel (in Mumbai) and meeting the general manager who lost his entire family” to the terrorists who attacked the iconic seafront hotel.
Regarding India’s demand for access to David Headley, Roemer said “great progress” has been made in the case. He said “the US is sharing reels of information and scores of data with India,” regarding the case. “The two countries are working shoulder-to-shoulder on an hourly, minute-to-minute basis in this regard,” he said.
It also wants Pakistan to do more on cracking down on the terrorists, including the plotters of 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Roemer, who had met with Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and Foreign Minister Shan Mehmood Qureshi in Islabamad this week, said on Thursday that he did speak with them on the Mumbai attacks.
Taking the view that various terrorist organisations such as LeT, Al-Qaeda, JeM are working like a “serpentine network”, he said these groups are are behind various terrorist attacks from 9/11 to Mumbai.
The envoy said that the US wants Pakistan to do more on cracking down on them. But he noted the steps Pakistan is taking in this direction.