WASHINGTON: The US has said it is committed to assist India in bringing perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to justice after Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Coleman Headley in his first deposition told a court that Pakistani terrorists conducted 26/11 strikes after two failed attempts.
“The United States is committed to doing all we can to assist the government of India in pursuing every possible lead to bring to justice those responsible for that attack to the fullest extent permitted by US law,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“Certainly, it’s indicative of our commitment to making sure the perpetrators of that attack are brought to justice and I think it’s indicative of a close relationship with India, again, in a law enforcement realm but across all others as well,” Mr Kirby said.
Headley, who is serving 35-year prison sentence in the US for his role in the Mumbai attacks, spoke about the role of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, another LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as well as his handler in the outfit Sajid Mir.
“We’ll always look to try to improve our cooperation across all different aspects of the relationship. I don’t want to prejudge or presuppose here based on this testimony, that that it has a strategic value here. That’s not for me to speak to,” Mr Kirby said.
This was a decision and this was an event set up and established by Department of Justice, Mr Kirby said, adding the US has a very strong relationship with India on a lot of levels and law enforcement is one of them.
Described himself as a “true follower of LeT”, Headley also admitted during his examination by special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam that he joined the ranks of LeT after getting “influenced and motivated” by the speeches of Hafiz Saeed.