Says Mumbai attackers are ‘happily roaming’ in Pakistan

Jammu: Asserting that as always, India will prepare dossier in Sunjuwan attack too and give to Pakistani, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that Mumbai attackers are still ‘free’ and ‘happily roaming’ in the Pakistan.
“All the evidences which have been collected, are completed and I am sure with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs, will coordinate our actions and definitely the evidence will be given as always, to the Pakistan,” Sitharaman told reporters here on Monday evening as she was in the town in connection with the Sunjwan Terror attack in which five soldiers were martyred, a civilian died, 10 injured and three terrorists were eliminated.
She said, “And yes, Pakistan inspite of us giving dossier of dossier has not taken any action but, on the contrary, we find the people who are directly responsible for the Mumbai attacks and many others are still free and happily roaming in the Pakistan.”
“We will providing evidence to prove the attack sponsored from across the border,” she added.
She also said, “giving evidence to the Pakistan will have to be a continuous process because it has proved its involvement and evidence will further strengthen it and giving that, they cannot deny us our right to respond adequate and at a time which we think fit.”
“Pakistan will pay for this misadventure and I repeat it,” she added.
On FIR registered against Major Aditya in firing incident during protests recently in Kashmir, the Defence Minister said, “the matter is sub-judice as it is in the Supreme Court but in my opinion, I admit and recognise that the Ministry of Defence and the Army will stand by Major Aditya.”
On Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti advocating for Indo-Pak talks to normalise the situation, Sitharaman said, “I have met the Sunjwan attack injured persons with Mehbooba Mufti and she expressed anguish and concern over the incident and was emotionally charged.”
“We also discussed so many concerns related to the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” she maintained.
On a question regarding Rohingyas settlement in the state and their alleged support to the anti-nationals, the Defence Minister replied, “we will share all the inputs and information with the State Police on this issue. Agencies, Army and the State Police are working in synergy and coordination due to which we have successfully controlled the situation and expect more results and keep sharing the information.”
However, on amnesty to the stone pelters, she said, “first time offenders among stone-pelters were given amnesty and I am aware of that.”
“But, I want to make sure that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, nation, Government both at Central and State levels are looking after this with all seriousness,” she added.
Meanwhile on a question regarding settlement of civilian population surrounding the Army cantonments, she replied, “it is not happening only in Jammu and Kashmir, but across the country we are facing similar problem. Civil constructions are taking place close to the peripherial areas and we are facing hardships to remove them.”
“Whether to remove or not….and they are being constructed illegally or with permission…is being studied by me,” she said.
She also said that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs with the Ministry of Defence are working together to normalise the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.